Defence Secretary Reviews Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Project at Kochi
The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Project was reviewed by the Defence Secretary, Shri Sanjay Mitra, IAS, at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) on 19 July 2018. He was accompanied by Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, AVSM, VSM, Controller Warship Production & Acquisition, Shri Satinder Pal Singh, IPS, Joint Secretary (Shipping) and other senior officers from the Indian Navy.
During the onboard visit, the Defence Secretary was given a first-hand briefing on the progress of IAC construction by Commodore Cyril Thomas, Warship Production Superintendent. Shri Madhu S Nair, CMD, CSL, highlighted the shipyard’s focus on outfitting and trial activities as the project enters its final phase, and re-iterated CSL’s commitment to meet the timelines for delivery of the ship.
The ship was launched in August 2013 and presently, the main propulsion plant, power generation equipment, deck machinery and auxiliary equipment have been installed and integrated on board. Outfitting of various aviation equipment, navigation and communication equipment, weapons and sensors are in progress. In-house trials of ship’s systems by the Carrier Acceptance & Trials Team have commenced and sea trials are expected to commence by early 2020.