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Naval LCA lands on INS Vikrant

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    10th Feb, 2023

Context:

A prototype of the naval variant of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) undertook its maiden landing on board aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, in a feat described by the Indian Navy as’historical milestone' for India's self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

 

Landing and take-off of the LCA

  • The landing and take-off of the LCA prototype and MiG-29K aircraft came as part of flight trials on board the aircraft carrier.
  • The Indian Navy currently operates over 40 MiG-29K jets.
  • The air wing of INS Vikrant will be able to carry 30 MiG-29K fighter jets, according to officials.

About INS Vikrant:

  • INS Vikrant is the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier.
  • The carrier has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles.
  • It is 262 metres long, 62 metres wide and has a height of 59 metres. Its construction began in 2009.

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