Vikramaditya on its way: Navy Flights Carrier
Indian Navy’s new addition of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is expected to arrive base Karwar in Karnataka India by mid of January 2014, has entered the Arabian Sea through Suez canal
It is commissioned into the Navy fleet in Russia’s Sevmash shipyard in November 2013 is accompanied by three other warships. The Kiev-class aircraft carrier of nearly 45,000 tonne displacement will get its air complement of MiG-29K fighter jets after it reaches India.
Know Your INS Vikramaditya
The largest floating airfield of India has an overall length of 284 metres and a maximum beam of 60 metres. Standing about 20 storeys tall from keel to the highest point, the vessel weighs 44,500 tonnes. The ship has a total of 22 decks. The vessel can speed up to 30 knots as she is powered by eight new-generation boilers of steam capacity of 100 TPH. The Vikramaditya also boasts of a modern communication complex, CCS MK II, to meet her external communication requirements. Installation of Link II tactical data system allows her to be fully integrated with the Indian Navy’s network centric operations.