INS VIKRAMADITYA (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Security/Sci & Tech)

News-CRUX-10     25th September 2023        
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Context: Recently, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) paid a visit to the Naval Base at Karwar as well as the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

INS Vikramaditya

  • Acquired from: Russia
  • Built: In 1987
  • It is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier that entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013.
  • It has been renamed in honor of Vikramaditya, a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India.


  • It has an overall length of about 284 meters and a maximum beam of about 60 meters.
  • The ship has a total of 22 decks. It can carry more than 1,600 personnel, including crew.
  • Displacement: 44,500 Tonnes
  • Speed: More than 30 knots and can achieve a maximum range of 7,000nmi.
  • It can endure up to 45 days at sea.
  • Powered by: 08 new-generation steam boilers.