ndian Navy has one operational aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and another one INS Vikrant is under construction at the Cochin Shipyard Limited . The 44,500 tonne INS Vikramaditya was originally a Russian Kiev class carrier – Admiral Gorshkov . Later India bought it and after refurbishment it entered service in 2013.
With 1600 personnel on board INS Vikramaditya is a floating city with 22 decks . The ship has the ability to carry over 30 aircrafts.
India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is expected to enter sea trials by early 2020. This 40,000 tonne carrier will be fitted with Short take off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) launch systems for aircrafts . With a length of 262 metres and width of 60 metres it will operate up to 40 aircrafts.
What is the strategic rationale behind having Aircraft Carriers , what are the future plans and how will it give an edge to Indian Navy .