NEW DELHI, SEPT 02, 2022
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied the entire specialty DMR grade steel for the nation’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala today.
In a major feat and towards building an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, SAIL has supplied about 30,000 tonnes of specialty steel for building this first Swadeshi aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy which will be commissioned on 02ndSeptember, 2022 at Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
The steel supplied by SAIL for this indigenous project comprises special DMR grade Plates. These DMR grade plates have been developed by SAIL in collaboration with the Indian Navy and DMRL. The DMR plates of Grade 249A were used for the hull and vessel interiors and Grade 249B for the flight deck of this warship. The entire quantity of specialty steel, except for the bulb bars, has been supplied by SAIL’s integrated steel plants at Bhilai, Bokaro and Rourkela. This special grade steel, DMR plates, which has been used for the construction of INS Vikrant is an import substitute.
With the commissioning of INS Vikrant, India has forayed into the elite club of nations who can build their own aircraft carriers and it is extremely gratifying for SAIL to be a partner in creating this engineering marvel.