According to the report on the website of the economic times of India on December 2, the main engine of the gas turbine on the aircraft carrier vikrand, which is outfitting at the wharf, has been successfully ignited for the first time, marking the formal operation of the power system of the first domestic aircraft carrier in India. In the next step, the mooring test of vikrand will continue in India, and it is expected to be delivered in 2022.
Vikrand, the first domestic aircraft carrier in India, is outfitting on the water
According to the report, vikrand was originally planned to be completed in 2018, but the progress has been delayed again and again, and now it is finally back on track. Senior Indian Navy officials said the carrier will use the mig-29k fighter as a carrier aircraft, and may also be equipped with a domestic Indian fighter.
The vikrand is now in the final stage of construction. It is realized that the Indian Navy can consider deploying the LCA carrier based fighters made in India on the aircraft carrier. However, it is reported that the LCA carrier aircraft meeting the technical requirements of the Indian Navy will not be put into use until 2026, which will also bring considerable pressure to the mig-29k carrier aircraft team of the only active carrier in India at present, vikramattia. We plan to start with the mig-29k, the report quoted a senior Indian official, who declined to be named This means that Indias first domestic aircraft carrier will give priority to the mig-29k carrier aircraft.
Indias defense research and development organization has promised to launch a technically compliant fighter plane by 2026, when the Indian Navy will equip the planned second domestic aircraft carrier. Although funding has not been approved, the Indian Navy hopes to build a larger aircraft carrier as soon as possible.
According to the report, sources also said that the carrier version of LCA aircraft under development and testing may soon board the vikramatia for testing, before which the aircraft will continue to be tested at the carrier based aircraft on land training facilities in Goa state. The aircraft has undergone several takeoff and landing tests, including night tests, and has launched four air-to-air missiles in recent days.
Source: editor in charge of global network: Li Zaixing, nbjs9026