India launches first home-built $2.5billion aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to counter China threat


NEW DELHI — India commissioned its first home-built aircraft carrier on Friday as it aims to boost its own domestic shipbuilding capabilities and compete with China’s much larger and expanding fleet in the region.

The INS Vikrant, whose name is a Sanskrit word for “powerful” or “courageous,” is India’s second operational aircraft carrier, joining the Soviet-era INS Vikramaditya that it purchased from Russia in 2004 to defend the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
The new 262-meter (860-foot) carrier was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the nation’s celebration of 75 years of independence from British control. The carrier was created by the Indian navy and built at the Cochin shipyard in southern India.
Modi emphasized the significance of India more than simply enhancing the nation’s naval capability.

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