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India's first homegrown carrier enters into service in tense Indo-Pacific

Vikrant represents step toward self-reliance and answer to China's blue-water advance

The Vikrant, India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, is slated to enter full service next year. (Handout photo from the Indian Navy)   © AP

NEW DELHI -- India on Friday commissioned the INS Vikrant, its first indigenous aircraft carrier, marking a milestone in its push to reduce its military's reliance on foreign imports as tensions with China simmer.

The 262-meter-long ship, which can accommodate up to 30 fighter jets, cost about 200 billion rupees ($2.5 billion) to build, according to Indian media.

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