INS Vikrant, the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, and the most complex warship ever built in our country by M/s Cochin Shipyard Ltd, has undergone extensive Sea trials since her maiden sailing on 04 Aug 21. Commissioned into the Indian Navy on 02 Sep 22 in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, the Carrier is a big boost to the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ vision of the Government of India.
The Carrier is presently undergoing Air Certification and Flight Integration Trials with Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing aircraft for achieving a ‘Combat ready’ state at the earliest. As part of the trials, the maiden day landing of MiG-29K and the indigenous LCA (Navy) was achieved on 06 Feb 23. Since then, day and night landing trials of all helicopters in the Naval inventory have progressed. In continuance with the impetus on the Aviation Trials, the Navy has achieved another historic milestone by undertaking the maiden night landing of MiG-29K on 24 May 23. This challenging accomplishment, within three months of the maiden day landing, demonstrates the resolve, skill, and professionalism of the Indian Navy, Vikrant crew, and Naval Pilots.