Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to Southern Naval Command today to review construction work for the Native Aircraft Carrier (IAC) in Kochi.
He will be accompanied by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff.
The Minister of Defense will visit the IAC today from 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. In addition, he will also visit other training units of Southern Naval Command.
Earlier Thursday, Rajnath Singh expressed confidence that the Indian Navy will become one of the top three navies in the world in the years to come and continue to play a crucial role in protecting the nation.
His remarks came during his visit to Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka today to review the ongoing infrastructure development progress under the “Seabird Project”.
The Native Aircraft Carrier (IAC) was designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy (DND) and is under construction at Cochin Shpyard Limited (CSL).
IAC is the most complex warship construction project ever to be locally designed and built.
IAC is at an advanced stage of construction and is expected to begin sea trials in the coming months. The ship had completed the basin test in November 2020 – proving the ship’s propulsion and power generation systems in port.
When put into service, it would offer an incomparable military instrument with its ability to project air power over long distances, including air interdiction, anti-surface warfare, offensive and defensive counterair, anti- airborne submarine and airborne early warning.
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