PM Modi commissions India’s first home-built aircraft carrier in defense push

modi commissions india home built aircraft carrier

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India’s first home-built aircraft carrier, underlining his government’s efforts to boost domestic production to supply a military deployed on two contentious borders.

After 17 grueling years of construction and tests, Modi commissioned the INS Vikrant—the Indian Navy’s second operational aircraft carrier and the nation’s largest warship at a state-run shipyard in the South.

In a speech, Prime Minister Modi said India had joined countries worldwide that can manufacture gigantic aircraft carriers with indigenous technology. The Indian Prime Minister added it was a symbol of indigenous potential, indigenous resources, and indigenous skills.

Designed to accommodate a crew of about 1,600 and a fleet of 30 aircraft, the INS Vikrant will rely on Russian-designed MIG-29K aircraft that already operate from India’s other carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, which the country purchased from Russia.

France’s Dassault and USA’s Boeing are seeking to supply India with over two dozen jets for the Vikrant.

India is one of the world’s largest armaments importers, spending $12.4 billion between 2018 and 2021. Still, the nation has been seeking to develop its manufacturing capabilities as a critical supplier Russia fights a war in Ukraine and faces sanctions.