The sea trials of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant are underway. The warship is undergoing intensive sea trials in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The Indian Navy will get it in August 2022.
Before this, Rafale-M will test the jet. The Indian Navy will conduct a flight test of the Rafale-Marine fighter jet in Goa on January 6. Cochin Shipyard Limited has said that it will handover it to the Indian Navy in April 2022. With the arrival of this warship equipped with deadly weapons, India’s strength in the Indian Ocean will increase manifold.
According to officials privy to the matter, the Rafale-M fighter aircraft will be put through intensive trials for about 12 days at the 283-metre mock-up ski jump facility at INS Hansa. This will provide information on whether the fighter aircraft is best suited for the IAC-1. The Rafale M fighter is the principal weapon system for the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and has also shown its interoperability with US aircraft carriers in 2008.