SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
INS Vikrant, India’s first home-built aircraft carrier has again sailed out of port to begin another set of sea trials that will also include pre-aviation trials that will begin by mid of next month. Russian-built MiG-29K fighter aircraft had commenced low-speed taxi trials onboard INS Vikrant in preparation for the aviation trials that are to commence soon.
The first Phase of trials was to establish propulsion, navigational suite and basic operations, and the second Phase of the sea trial witnessed the ship being put through its paces in terms of various machinery trials and flight trials.
The INS Vikrant will operate MiG-29K fighter jets, Kamov-31 helicopters, and MH-60R multi-role helicopters and all three aviation assets including LCA-Navy are to be part of the Aviation trials before the ship is cleared for an operational role.
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