The first aircraft carrier built in Indian shipyards began its navigation tests this week – announced the Navy on Thursday (5).
The “INS Vikrant”, 262 meters long, started its tests off the coast of Kerala (south) on Wednesday (4) and will be added to the aircraft carrier “INS Vikramaditya”, purchased in 2004 from Russia.
With this, India joins “a small group of nations capable of designing and building an aircraft carrier themselves”, declared the Navy, asking the Executive for a third aircraft carrier to match China’s fleet.
According to authorities, another 44 ships and submarines are under construction at the Indian shipyards.
On Monday (2), the Navy announced that it will send a force of four ships to Southeast Asia, the South China Sea and the Western Pacific for two months of bilateral and multilateral exercises – in particular with Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and the United States.
India, Japan, Australia and the United States form an informal alliance called “Quad”, which presents itself as a means of containing Chinese influence in the region.
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