Kochi: Today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the Southern Naval Command in Kochi to inspect the construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC).
Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, will accompany him.
Defence Minister will visit IAC today from 9:45 am to 10:45 am. He will also visit the other training units in Southern Naval Command.
Earlier on Thursday, Rajnath Singh expressed confidence that the Indian Navy will become one of the top three Navies in the world, in the coming years and continue to play a crucial role in protecting the nation.
His remarks came during his visit to the Karwar Naval Base in Karnataka today to review the progress of ongoing infrastructure development under ‘Project Seabird’.
Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) has been designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND) & is being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).
IAC is the most complex warship building project to have been indigenously designed & built.
IAC is at an advanced stage of construction and is scheduled to begin the Sea Trials in the forthcoming months. In November 2020, the ship completed its Basin Trial, which demonstrated the ship’s propulsion and power generation systems in the harbor.
Once commissioned, it would offer an incomparable military instrument with its ability to project Air Power over long distances, including Air Interdiction, Anti-Surface Warfare, offensive and defensive Counter-Air, Airborne Anti- Submarine Warfare, and Airborne Early Warning.