India is on a streak of making Indian citizens proud almost everyday! On its current achievement list, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas landed successfully on INS Vikrant as part of sea trials on Monday. Isn’t this amazing?? As a result, INS Vikrant crossed a milestone after the jet landed on the deck! It marked a pivotal point for India on its way for building the self reliance defence system.
The 45,000-tonne INS Vikrant built at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore and is in service since a decade. It was named after it’s predecessor who sacrificed his life in 1971 war against Pakistan. This warship was commissioned in September last year by Prime minister Narendra Modi. At 262 metres long and 62 metres wide, INS Vikrant is the largest warship to be built in India. Along with it, it had the ability to carry 30 aircrafts including MiG-29K fighter jets and helicopters.
“A Historical milestone achieved towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) by Indian Navy as naval pilots carry out landing of LCA (Navy) on board of INS Vikrant. It demonstrates India’s capability to design, develop, construct and operate an indigenous aircraft carrier with an indigenous fighter aircraft,” the Indian Navy said in a statement.
According to the Indian Navy, the ship is all set to play an essential role for welfare and peace in Indo-pacific Ocean. Day by day, India is becoming self sufficient in all of the sectors including defence! Vikrant is the fourth aircraft carrier to be operated by the Indian Navy– the first Vikrant (British origin) from 1961 to 1997, INS Viraat (British origin) from 1987 to 2016 and INS Vikramaditya from 2013 onwards.