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INS Viraat

The first aircraft carrier that served in India was the INS Vikrant (R11).
This was a Majestic-class light carrier that was commissioned into Indian Navy March 4, 1961, and decommissioned 31 January 1997 and is Preserved as a floating museum at Mumbai.

The next carrier INS Viraat a centaur class aircraft carrie, roriginally commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Hermes Wed, November 18th, 1959.
The Indian Navy purchased INS Viraat l in April 1986 and gave it an extensive refit at Devonport Dockyard to allow for continued operability into the next decade and is still in service

On January 20, 2004, after years of negotiations, Russia and India signed a deal for the sale of INS Vikramaditya, then the Admiral Gorshkov
INS Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier.Upgrade plans involve stripping all the weaponry and missile launcher tubes from the ship's foredeck to make way for a Short Take-Off But Assisted Recovery (STOBAR) configuration .

The hull work was completed by 2008, and the Vikramaditya was launched on the December 4, 2008.
On July 2, 2009, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said that the carrier should be completed as soon as possible so it could be delivered to India in 2012.

India started the construction of a 40,000 tonne, 260 m-long Vikrant-class aircraft carrier in April 2005.
The new carrier will cost US$762 million and will operate MiG-29K,
Naval HAL Tejas and Sea Harrier aircraft along with the Indian-made helicopter
HAL Dhruv.
The ship will be powered by four turbine engines and will have a range of 8,000
nautical miles (14,000 km), carrying 160 officers, 1,400 sailors, and 30 aircraft.
The carrier is being constructed by a state-run shipyard in Cochin.
The ship is scheduled for commissioning in 2015.

India has indicated that at least two further carriers of the same or similar designs to
INS Vikrant are planned. The first of these, to be named INS Viraat, is scheduled to begin construction in 2011 and be commissioned in 2017.

INS Viraat INS Vikramaditya INS Vikrant (R11)
Name: INS Viraat
Class: Centaur class aircraft carrier
Launched: 16 February 1953
Displacement: 23,900 tons standard
28,700 tons full load
Length: 226.5 metres (743 ft)
Beam: 48.78 metres (160.0 ft)
Draft: 8.8 metres (29 ft)
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
Range: 6,500 miles (10,500 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Fate: In service
Name: INS Vikramaditya
Class: Modified Kiev class aircraft carrier
Launched: April 17, 1982
(as Admiral Gorshkov)
December 4, 2008
(as Vikramaditya)
Displacement: 45,000 tons full load
Length: 273.1 m overall
Beam: 31.0 m
Draft: 8.2 m
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 13500 miles at 18 knots
Fate: To be commissioned at the earliest in 2013
Name: INS Vikrant (R11)
Class: Majestic-class light carrier
Launched: 22 September 1945
Displacement: 15,700 tons standard, 19,500 tons full load
Length: 192 m (630 ft) waterline, 213.3 metres (700 ft) extreme
Beam: 24.4 m (80 ft) waterline, 39 metres (128 ft) extreme
Draft: 7.3 m (24 ft)
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
Range: 12,000 nautical miles (22,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Fate:Decommissioned: 31 January 1997
Preserved as a floating museum at Mumbai.


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