First Time MiG-29K Makes Night Landing On INS Vikrant

For the first time in India, a MiG-29K fighter jet made a night landing on a warship. The landing took place on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. Indian Navy has shared its video. 

The Navy has described it as another step towards self-reliance.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Navy for the successful landing of the MiG-29K on Wednesday night. Said- This is a historical achievement. This is a testimony to the skill of the crew members and pilots of INS Vikrant.

It is very difficult to get a fighter jet landing on any aircraft carrier at night. The reason for this is that the speed of an aircraft carrier is 40-50 kilometers per hour and the speed of a fighter jet is usually around 250 kilometers per hour. 

In such a situation, the pilot has to manage the speed of the jet according to the speed of the carrier.

Landing a fighter jet on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is many times more difficult than landing a fighter jet on a runway. 

This is because the flight deck is much smaller than the runway. At the time of landing on the flight deck, the pilot lowers the tail hook of the jet, which reduces the speed of the jet from 250 kmph to zero.

MiG-29K jet is included in the fighter fleet of INS Vikrant. The speed of this supersonic fighter jet is twice the speed of sound. It can pull eight times the weight of gravity and is capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet.

INS Vikrant has been built by Cochin Shipyard Limited ie CSL. It has been designed by the Warship Design Bureau, formerly known as the Directorate of Naval Design. 

It is the in-house design organization of the Indian Navy.

INS Vikrant weighing 45 thousand tonnes is the largest warship made in India. 

This is the second aircraft carrier of the country after INS Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya was built on the Russian platform.

With INS Vikrant, India is one of the few countries in the world capable of designing and building an aircraft carrier. 

It has 250 fuel tankers and 2400 compartments. On this, 1600 crew members and 30 aircraft can be deployed at a time.

On May 20, the Indian Air Force had banned the flight of the entire fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets. 

It was decided to keep all the aircraft grounded till the investigation of the MiG-21 that crashed in Rajasthan on 8th May is over. 3 women were killed in MiG-21 fighter jet crash in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan.

At present there are 3 squadrons of MiG-21 in the Air Force. Each squadron consists of 16 to 18 aircraft. Accordingly, about 50 MiG-21s are in service. 

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