About INS Vikramaditya





National Security And Defense, 24 Jul - 2014 ,

About INS Vikramaditya
INS Vikramaditya Credit: Wkikipidia

The ship, India's biggest military acquisition in recent times, is expected to add muscle to India's maritime muscle. To enable this 44,500 tonnes floating steel city to cut through the choppy seas with speeds of up to 30 knots, she is powered by 08 new

The ship, India's biggest military acquisition in recent times, is expected to add muscle to India's maritime muscle.  To enable this 44,500 tonnes floating steel city to cut through the choppy seas with speeds of up to 30 knots, she is powered by 08 new generation boilers of steam capacity of 100 TPH at a very high pressure of 64 bars, generating a total output power of 180,000 SHP. Vikramaditya, a floating airfield, has an overall length of about 284 metres and a maximum beam of about 60 metres, stretching as much as three  football fields put together.
Standing about 20-storey tall from the keel to the highest point, the ship has a total of 22 decks and carries 1,600 personnel. The 06 turbo alternators and 06 diesel alternators onboard generate a total electricity of 18 megawatts to power various equipment of the ship, enough to cater to the lighting requirement of a mini city. The ship also houses 02 Reverse Osmosis plants providing an uninterrupted supply of 400 Tons per day of fresh water. Its logistics requirements include nearly 100,000 eggs, 20,000 litres of milk and 16 tonnes of rice per month. The vessel is capable of sustaining at sea for about 45 days. It is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier which was purchased by India from Russia for the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor.
The warship has the ability to carry 30 aircraft, including an assortment of MiG 29K/Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, and Dhruv and Chetak helicopters. The MiG 29K swing role fighter is the main offensive platform and provides a quantum jump for the Indian Navy's maritime strike capability. These fourth generation air superiority fighters provide a significant fillip for the Indian Navy with a range of over 700 nm (extendable to over 1,900 nm with inflight refueling) and an array of weapons including anti-ship missiles, Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles, guided bombs and rockets.

Source: Times of India, indiannavy.nic.in

 


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