The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) was India’s pride and a shining example
of Atmanirbhar Bharat, Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh said here on Friday.
The project, that was originally approved by the NDA government, has made
significant progress in the recent past despite COVID-19.
Commissioning of the IAC next year would be a befitting tribute to 75 years of
India’s Independence. The combat capability, reach and versatility of the
aircraft carrier would add formidable capabilities in the defence of the
country and help secure India’s interests in the maritime domain, Mr. Singh
#WATCH | Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks on INS Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant’.
IAC ‘Vikrant’ completed its maiden sea voyage on August 5th, for which it sailed on 4th August from Kochi. pic.twitter.com/68VivyaWmz
— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2021
Referring to his visit to Karwar to review Project Seabird which
would be the largest Naval Base of the Indian Navy in future, Mr. Singh said
it would provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the Navy’s
operations in the Indian Ocean Region and beyond. The government was committed
to a strong Navy and these two projects were examples of the unwavering focus.
“Our impetus on modernisation, harnessing India’s indigenous industry and
know-how is a key priority. That 42 of the 44 warships on order are being
built at Indian shipyards is a testimony to this. The IAC boasts of nearly 75%
indigenous content, from design, to steel used in construction, to key weapons
and sensors. Indigenous development of niche manufacturing technologies is set
to gain impetus.”
These measures would help enhance the Navy’s operational reach and prowess to
protect India’s maritime interests. The Navy remained poised and combat ready
to tackle any challenge. Its proactive forward deployment during the Galwan
standoff signalled “our intent that we seek peace but are ready for any