India’s long-awaited second aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant is ready to achieve the next milestone in the development and will begin basin tests starting from next month.
The Indian Navy’s IAC-1 (Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1) project which is named ‘Vikrant’ after India’s first historic aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (which was decommissioned in 1997) has successfully completed its harbor trials and is ready to sail into nearby waters next month, Navy sources confirmed.
“Harbour Trials have finished. The Basin Trials are planned for September”, officials told The New Indian Express. Basin trials are done to check the ship’s propulsion, electrical, and shafting systems.
After the basin trials, the aircraft carrier will begin sea trials, in which it would be rigorously tested for its capabilities and equipment for one year to operationalize the ‘big beast’ and train its crew. Additional tests would be done to operationalize the aircraft deployed and the battle group.