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Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is gearing up to complete its massive drydock facility at its Ravipuram shipyard in Kochi, India. With a capacity to accommodate vessels of up to 70,000-tonne docking displacement, the drydock will be operational by June 2024 and is expected to play a pivotal role in the construction of India’s third indigenous aircraft carrier, IAC-III.

The drydock, constructed for Rs 1,799 crore, boasts a unique ‘stepped’ layout and a design life of 100 years. It was initially designed to accommodate the proposed IAC-II aircraft carrier, which was envisioned to be larger than the Indian Navy’s current INS Vikrant. However, due to budgetary constraints, the Navy opted for a sister ship of INS Vikrant, a 44,000-ton displacement aircraft carrier.

The new drydock will now serve as the manufacturing base for IAC-III, India’s third aircraft carrier, which is slated to replace the Russian-supplied INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier sometime after 2035. IAC-III is currently in the advanced stages of design and development.

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