Maiden Landing of LCA Navy And MiG-29 onboard INS Vikrant

INS Vikrant is our country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier and the most complex warship ever built. The ship was designed in-house by the Indian Navy’s Warship Design Bureau and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited, which is a source of pride for the Indian Navy. On August 4, the ship set sail for its first sea trials. Since then, she has completed sea trials for Main Propulsion, Power Generation Equipment, Fire Fighting systems, Aviation Facility Complex equipment, and other items. On September 22, the Carrier was commissioned into the Indian Navy, with the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, as the Chief Guest.

Maiden Landing and Take-offs

The Carrier’s construction is a significant boost to the Government of India’s ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ vision. The Carrier has been undertaking extensive Air Operations with Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing aircraft since 13 Dec 22 towards Air Certification and Flight Integration Trials for achieving the ultimate aim of being ‘Combat Ready’. Indian Naval Test Pilots landed an LCA (Navy) and a MiG-29K onboard INS Vikrant as part of the aviation trials on February 6.

The landing of the LCA (Navy) on deck has demonstrated ‘AatmaNirbharta’ in India’s capability to design, develop, build, and operate an indigenous Aircraft Carrier equipped with indigenous fighter aircraft. It is a historic achievement because it is the first time that trials of a prototype aircraft designed and manufactured in India by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have been successfully completed on an indigenous Aircraft Carrier. Furthermore, the landing of the MiG-29K onboard INS Vikrant is a significant achievement because it marks the successful integration of the aircraft with the indigenous carrier and improves the Navy’s combat readiness.

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CNS on this Historic Moment

“The successful landing and take-off of the indigenous LCA Navy on India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is a momentous step forward towards the realization of our collective vision of AatmaNirbharBharat. The maiden landing of the Mig-29K also heralds the integration of the fighter aircraft with INS Vikrant. Congratulations to all those who made it happen.” – Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff.

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