India unveils first homemade aircraft carrier, with eye on China

SpaceWar.com reports: “India debuted its first locally made aircraft carrier on Friday, a milestone in government efforts to reduce its dependence on foreign arms and counter China’s growing military assertiveness in the region.

The INS Vikrant, one of the world’s biggest naval vessels at a length of 262 metres (860 feet), will formally enter service after 17 years of construction and tests.

It inherits the name of a retired carrier famed for enforcing a blockade against Pakistan’s naval forces during the 1971 Bangladeshi independence war.

‘Today, INS Vikrant has filled the country with a new confidence, and has created a new confidence in the country,’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the ship’s commissioning ceremony in southern Kerala state.

‘We’ve joined the league of those select nations who can construct such large aircraft carriers at home,’ he added…”

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