|Prime Minister Narendra Modi
New Delhi: Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will send a strategic signal and is scheduled to visit the sea-borne aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, on the coming weekend.
The 44,500 tonne Russian-origin carrier was declared ‘fully operational’ On May 7 and twin engined MiG 29-K fighters are based on its deck.
Modi will visit the carrier mid-sea in the Arabian sea where the warship is presently sailing and pilots are regularly upgrading their landing and take-off skills. Landing a fighter jet on moving aircraft carrier is one of the most complex aviation procedures.
The Prime Minister could possibly be shown the highly complex landing of a fighter jet on the deck. The pilots will be using a system called the ‘Resistor-E’ which guides the fighter jet in autopilot mode and makes it reach just 30 meters away from the warship, thence the pilot takes over for a final landing — all the while maintaining total radio silence. The ‘Resistor-E’ is a microwave landing system and precision approach radar and beacon. It’s like an instrument-aided landing system (ILS) installed at airports, which allow operations in all-weather conditions.
The warship is loaded with an array of sensors, radars, communication aids and on-deck fighter planes equipped with state-of-the-art missiles. The Vikramaditya is capable of detecting threats within 500 km of air space. The fighter jets will widen the arc of dominance with an ability to hit at targets in air, on land and on the sea surface while Kamov-28 and Kamov -31 helicopters specialising in anti-submarine warfare will pick out under-sea threats.