INS Vikrant


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Why in news?

  • India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1), INS Vikrant has successfully completed the fourth and final phase of sea trials.

About INS Vikrant:

  • INS Vikrant is India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1). Designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).
  • Vikrant is named after the Majestic-class aircraft carrier, which was operated by the Indian Navy from 1961 to 1997.
  • The Indian Navy now have two functional aircraft carriers:
    •  INS Vikrant
    •  INS Vikramaditya.
  • Moreover, with this launch, India has joined a select band of countries such as the USA, UK, France, Russia, Italy and China that have niche capabilities in designing and building an Aircraft Carrier.


Consider the following statements regarding ‘INS Vikrant’:

1. It is India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier

2. India is the only country after U.S and Russia to have indigenous aircraft carrier

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2