New Delhi: After commissioning the first indigenous aircraft carrier “INS Vikrant” at the Kochi shipyard on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the audience at the event, said: “From the shores of Kerala, every Indian today becomes a witness to the sunrise of a new future. This ceremony on “INS Vikrant” is a call to boost India’s morale on the global horizon.
“Vikrant is big and grand, Vikrant is distinct, Vikrant is special. Vikrant is not just a warship, it is proof of the hard work, talent, impact and commitment of 21st century India,” he added.
Indeed, manufacturers and workers from all over the country contributed to the making of “INS Vikrant”. About 76% of the vessel was built with indigenous materials and components from major Indian manufacturers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The steel used in the warship came from SAIL’s factories at Rourkela in Odisha, Bokaro in Jharkhand and Bhilai in Chhattisgarh.
SAIL supplied 30,000 tons of DMR grade special steel for the warship. Grade 249 A DMR plates were used for the interior of the hull and ship and Grade 249 B for the flight deck. The entire quantity of special steels, except bulbous bars, was supplied from SAIL’s integrated steel mills in Bhilai, Bokaro and Rourkela, eliminating imports.
Larsen & Toubro’s factories in Mumbai and Pune supplied the main switchboard, steering gear and watertight hatches. The air conditioning and refrigeration systems are sourced from the Kirloskar Group factories in Pune. Several of the ship’s pumps were supplied by Best & Crompton, Chennai.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) built the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). The warship’s massive gearbox was manufactured by Elecon in Gujarat.
The Nicco Group of Kolkata supplied the electric cables for hundreds of kilometres.
The warship was built at an approximate cost of Rs 20,000 crore.