First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier of India will be commissioned next year having exceptional combat capabilities: Rajnath Singh
India's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) will be commissioned next year and its combat capability, reach and versatility will add formidable capabilities in the nation's defence mechanism, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Friday.
In a statement to the media after visiting the IAC at Ernakulam wharf of the Cochin port to review its ongoing construction progress, Defence Minister described it as India's pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
"The project was originally approved by the NDA government and has made significant progress in recent past despite COVID pandemic in the country.
"Commissioning of the IAC next year will be a Great befitting tribute to 75 years of India's independence", Singh said in the statement which read out to the media.
"It's combat capability, reach and versatility of the aircraft carrier will add formidable capabilities in the defence of our nation and help secure India's interests in the maritime domain," the Defence Minister said.
Singh, who reviewed Project Seabird at Karwar, which will be the largest naval base of the Indian Navy in coming future, and will provide the facilities and infrastructure to support the Navy's operations in the Indian Ocean area and beyond, said the government is fully committed to a strong navy and these two projects are examples of our unwavering focus to strengthen our Navy.
"Our propulsion to modernisation, harnessing India's indigenous industry and to know-how, is a key priority. 42 of the 44 warships on order being built at Indian shipyards is a proof to this", he said.