Sunday, March 01, 2009

Photos: Keel-laying ceremony of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier



I took these photos in the building dry-dock at the Cochin Shipyard yesterday. The metal hunks at the top at blocks that will progressively be lowered into the drydock to outfit the hull. The drydocks are to be flooded (the "launch") 22 months from now, if everything goes well.

Incidentally, the shipyard expects the Navy to place an order for a second indigenous aircraft carrier by the end of the year, and work will begin by early next year, though only if there are no major design changes from the first. Significantly, the current vessel is the largest that can be built by CSL in its current building dry-dock. If it wants to embark on larger carriers, as envisaged by the Navy, it will need to expand its dry-dock, or build an entirely new one. The recession has put paid to its plans to fund this expansion through an investment IPO, though the Defence Ministry has promised to support the shipyard's shelved plans to build a new drydock.

Coming up: exclusive photos of old faithful INS Viraat undergoing a mini-refit in the repair drydock at CSL.

All Photos by Shiv Aroor / LiveFist

27 comments:

Bobs said...

only these pics?....considering all the hype created , I thought you were going to post some insider info.

Anonymous said...

shiv,you sure you visited the keel laying ceremony? It seems you turned up at a marriage mandap by mistake....those last pics remind me of the big cauldron we used for making sweets for the festivities.

Bombay Walla said...

Hope the next carrier is nuclear powered.

Anonymous said...

Shit. i was expecting much more of the IAC to have completed. This is just starting right from scratch and its already 2009!

Shiv Aroor said...

bobs: what hype? more indepth stuff and design specs-related stuff shortly.

last anon: they launch in 22 months. hopefully they'll keep to it.

Fishbed said...

Ncce job Shiv. Do keep us posted on the progress of this baby. 22 months is not a long time.

sachin_sathe said...

Hi Shiv,
Is the model of IAC a scale model(including Mig 29k's?) If so then the IAC is going to have more deck area than the INS Vikramaditya what is the war-time aircraft complement of the Vik? If it is 30 odd aircraft then the IAC will surely carry more aircraft than 30.

There was a mention of LR-SAM developement on one of the news reports can u clarify tht?

Anonymous said...

lots of welding

Vin said...

CSY looking another order of IAC of same capacity??? Getting a feel that it would be replacement/alternative for Admiral Gorshkov...What do you feel Aroor-ji about it, looking @ Russia who are escalating costs for it??

anand said...

hi shiv,

this a.c. seems very small,just like a gorshkov, only 30 migs? , no surprise they complete it in 22 months ,
is their any plan to make 60k ton + nuclear powered a.c. next?

anand said...

hi shiv,

this a.c is small,not possible to induce any sea superiority with it,(only 30 migs)
is their any plan to make a 60k ton + nuclear powered a.c.

Anonymous said...

Shiv, a nice one. What about the second carrier and will the Shipyard will be ready for a larger carrier, when the second one is finished? Since this images are taken by you, can these IAC images be used in Wikimedia commons for use in Wikipedia.

Anonymous said...

Shiv, a nice one. What about the second carrier and will the Shipyard will be ready for a larger carrier, when the second one is finished? Since this images are taken by you, can these IAC images be used in Wikimedia commons for use in Wikipedia.

Anonymous said...

Shiv - great pics! Also - thanks for the timeline. 22 months really doesn't seem that bad. Will sea trials follow that?

Mr.TaxPayer said...

Seems like IAC may be available before Gorshov (2012-2013) IF proper funds are diverted.

@Bombay Walla - Nuclear carriers are a long way off. Remember we don't have a matured, naval-ised and miniaturized nuclear reactor yet. Once ATV's reactor technology matures, and when India needs global reach, they may go for a Nuclear powered carrier.

Anonymous said...

Comparing this model with the one at aero india 09, the sky jump doesn't match up. are two different teams designing this? there a finalized deck design?

Pritam said...

Thanks a lot Shiv.

They have completed half of the blocks as well as the dock. So 22 months looks realistic.

Anonymous said...

Impressive modular construction.

Bhavesh said...

@sachin_sathe

INS Vikramaditya can carry max. upto 16 AC only....

@shiv, how many IAC blocks are completed ???

Anonymous said...

bhavesh, total of 30 a/c, not 16.

you can choose what combo you want.

Anonymous said...

Sachin Sathe, I was wondering too. The IAC's deck looks awfully spacious.

Anonymous said...

30 aircrafts include fixed wing and rotary wing. Therefore, around 16 Mig-29K anf rest anti submarine/ship rotary wing A/C.

Anonymous said...

My bros i again request u'll to talk logically.There are three indigineous carriers in the pipeline all gas turbine powered.all of them will b in by 2025, D 1st by 2012-13,2nd by 2017,3rd by 2023-25 & all will have nuk reactors as mid life upgrade.and a pair of nuk powered 60,000 t carrier will start from only after 2025,yes u heard right india will only b the second nation to operate more than 5 carriers at the same time other than uncle sam who will operating a woo 10 at a time and china & ruski will have 3 each.More we have achived the milestone of miniature light water reactors(with d help of french & ruski) although there were a few bottle necks. BY ARUN KURUP (working for DRDO)

Bhavesh said...

@Anon 11:25 AM

Dear friend, sachin sathe is asking about INS Vikramaditya Aircraft carrying capacity. From my sources, It is max. 16 AC + 6 Heli. , not 30 AC. correct me if I am wrong. Thanks..

Anonymous said...

My bro u r right THE GORSKY will just have a cap of 16 mig29 and 8 rotary.An other set back is that they would not b able to carry full payload due to positioning of air strip and use of skijump.but the IAC a good space management and can carry max of 20 fixed & 10 rottary(still to conform) by ARUN KURUP

Anonymous said...

Its 22 months just to launch the ship..i.e. flood the dry dock and tow the ship out to a real dock and start fittings. This outfitting will take another 3 years atleast befor the ship is realy for sea trials.

Anonymous said...

yes bhavesh you are wrong. vik's usual complement is/was 24/25 but it can carry 30 if needed.