INS Viraat is a Centaur class aircraft carrier in service with the Indian Navy. INS Viraat is the flagship of the Indian Navy, the oldest carrier in service and one of two aircraft carriers based in the Indian Ocean Region.
- INS Viraat INS Viraat Aircraft Carrier of Indian Navy
- INS Viraat INS Viraat Celebrating 25 years of Service with Indian Navy
- Sea Harriers on INS-Viraat
- INS Viraat INS Viraat served as HMS Hermes with England's Royal Navy
- INS Viraat INS Viraat is longest serving Aircraft Carrier all around the world.
- INS Viraat in Malabar Excercise 2007 INS Viraat steams in formation in the Bay of Bengal during exercise Malabar 07. The multinational exercise includes naval forces from India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States.
- INS Viraat on Nat Geo Magazine Coverage of INS Viraat by Nat Geo
- INS Viraat Completed 25 years in Indian Navy
- Sea Harrier Sea Harrier Taking off of INS Viraat
- INS Viraat
- Sea Harriers on INS Viraat
- INS Viraat Indian Navy Sea Harriers and IAF's SEPECAT Jaguars with a USN F/A-18E and a F/A-18F Super Hornet fly past the INS Viraat.
- Sea Harriers Sea Harrier complement on INS Viraat deck
- SeaKing INS Viraat Seaking taking off of INS Viraat
INS Viraat completed 25 years in the Indian Navy on Saturday, 12th May 2012. INS Viraat has been maintained and run by the Indian Navy for a quarter century after 28 years as HMS Hermes in service with Royal Navy, making Hermes-Viraat one of the longest serving aircraft carrier in the history of naval operations anywhere in the world.
INS Viraat has done over 40,000 hours of steaming and traversed over 5,00,000 nautical miles across the proverbial seven seas. The ship has undertaken over 20,000 hrs of flying from its deck.
India might keep the aircraft carrier in service until 2020 when two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers (IACs) seemed likely to be fully operational. By then, the warship would have completed 60 years of service, over twice its initially estimated sailing life of 25 years. , which was the reason to keep Viraat operational until then, according to unnamed Navy officers
INS Viraat is fitted with a 12° ski jump to operate the Sea Harriers, a reinforced flight deck, and 1.2 inches of armour over the magazines and machinery spaces. The magazine capacity includes at least 80 lightweight torpedoes. The vessel retains commando transport capability for up to 750 troops and carries four LCVP landing craft in the aft section. In a wartime scenario, the INS Viraat can embark up to 30 combat aircraft. INS Viraat is suited for two missions: supporting amphibious operations and conducting ASW operations.
INS Viraat’s Air complement comprises of 15 Sea Harriers for Air Craft Defence, Kamov Ka-31 Helix-B as Airborne Early Warning system, Sea King Mk. 42B and Kamov Ka-28 Helix-A for Anti-submarine warfare, and Sea King Mk. 42C for commando assault.