India’s indigenous aircraft carrier to sail by 2011: Indian Navy chief

February 18th, 2009 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Progressing towards self-reliance in the defence industry, India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier will be in the waters by 2011, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said Wednesday.
The under-construction aircraft carrier will be ready in two years.

“Our indigenous aircraft carrier is being constructed in Kochi. It has been three years since the work started. On Feb 28, what we call keel laying of the carrier will take place,” Mehta told reporters here.

The building of a ship can be divided into seven phases: design, construction planning, work prior to keel laying, ship erection, launching, final outfitting, and sea trials.

“Many of the parts have already been constructed. My estimate is that it should be in the water in two years,” Mehta said.

The aircraft carrier is expected to have 40,000 tonne displacement capacity at an estimated cost of Rs.3,000 crore (Rs.30 billion).

The Indian Navy is currently operating only one full deck aircraft carrier, the INS Viraat, also the only one being operated by a country in Asia or Western Pacific. In a bid to become a true blue water navy, the Indian Navy is expected to operate three aircraft carriers by 2015.

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