India's Pride and shining example, first 'made-in-India Aircraft Carrier - INS Vikrant - will be commissioned next year, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
India’s Pride and shining example, first ‘made-in-India Aircraft Carrier – INS Vikrant – will be commissioned next year, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Its combat capability, reach and versatility will add formidable capabilities in the country’s defence, Rajnath Singh adds.
He made this statement at the southern naval command in Kochi on Friday. Defence Minister visited INS Vikrant at Ernakulam Cochin port to review its construction progress.
INS Vikrant is also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 or IAC-1. Originally, the NDA government approved the project and made significant progress in recent past despite COVID-19.
Commissioning of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) next year is a befitting tribute to 75 years of India’s independence, said Rajnth Singh in a statement. It was a pleasure to review first-hand and the work being done on the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, adds the minister
The government is fully committed to a strong navy and these two projects are examples of our unwavering focus, further adds.
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The minister informed that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has also recently granted approval for the RFP of Project 75-I under the Strategic Partnership model. It will be helpful for the indigenous development of niche manufacturing technologies.
Rajnath Singh reviewed Project Seabird at Karwar, which will be the largest naval base of the Indian Navy in the future. It will provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean Region and beyond.
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The minister adds that with the Navy’s proactive forward deployment, the team is ready to tackle any challenge.
He applauded the Navy for showing their consistent high spirit in the fight against COVID 19. It also helped in bringing back Indian citizens from overseas during Op Samudra Setu-I, and much needed Liquid Medical Oxygen during Samudra Setu-lI.
Navy’s SAR efforts during Cyclone Tauktae has presented a daring spirit and courage among our men and women in whites.
Our efforts are in alignment with the Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR, or Security and Growth in All in the Region, and the wider goal of a Free, Open and Inclusive Indo-Pacific, to ensure peace and stability in the region, he added.