Indian Navy’s most powerful weapon its first indigeniously designed and built modern aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
INS Vikramaditya is the only aircraft carrier which served Indian Navy since 2013.
It was built by Black Sea shipyard, USSR and Sevmash Russia. It was known as Baku when it was built in 1987 and it served the Russian Military.
In 1987, Baku entered the Russian Military, but was deactivated in 1996 because it was too expensive to operate in Post Cold war Budget.
In 2004, after many years of negotiations India purchased it at a final price of $2.35 billion.
It completed its sea trials in July 2013 and aviation trials in Sept 2013.
After the trials, it was commissioned in the Indian Navy and since then it is protecting our seas.
Home port of INS Vikramaditya is INS Kadamba, Karwar.
Its Motto Is Strike Far, Strike Hard.
Its load displacement capacity is 45,400 tonnes.
Its Dimensions are :-
Length :- 284 meters
Beam Height:- 61 meters
Draught:- 10.2 meters
INS Vikramaditya requires the staff of 110 officers and 1500 sailors to operate. It has 22 decks. Its speed is 30 knots (56 km/hr).
Its weapon artillery contains Four AK-630 CIWS , Barak-I, Barak-8.
The combat system onboard the carrier is controlled by LESORUB-E, a computer aided action information system.
INS Vikramaditya has the capability to carry 36 aircraft including 26 Mikoyan MIG-29 K multirole fighters, 10 Kamov Ka-31 AEW & C and Kamov Ka-28 ASW helicopters.
Now a new indigenious aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is joining the Indian Navy and it is expected to be commissioned in August 2022. After Joining Indian Navy the power of Navy will be doubled.