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Meaning of name?Edit

What is the Viraat's correct name as spelt in Devanagari? It is presumably named in Sanskrit, but virāta is Sanskrit for "one who has lost his chariot". Anthony Appleyard 08:38, 8 September 2005 (UTC)

viratha means vi(without) ratha (chariot) viraat actually means huge and not giant as said. and by the way the spelling is correct. Kaushal mehta 08:17, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Does it have a catapultEdit

does ins viraat have a catapult. if it has no catapult then , it may be only operate harriers?? so is its capabilty restricted by the lack of a catapult?. user:slime_mould9:46pm, 11 June 2006(IST)

She must have had catapults and arrester gear when built, because she operated fixed wing aircraft. However she was modifed in RN service to be a helicopter and later a commando carrier, so at some point the catapults were probably removed to save money. You are right if she currently has no catapult she can only operate Harriers or Helicopters. 15:21, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

HMS Hermes as-built had an angled deck, catapults, and arresting gear, and was capable of operating aircraft as large as the Blackburn Buccaneer. When she was converted to a commando carrier, the catapults and arrestor wires were removed, and when Harrier capability was added the "ski jump" was installed. If you look at the picture of Viraat you can see that the angled deck is still present, however there are no arrestor wires and, even if there were, even a MiG-29K is probably too large to be capable of operating from her.
On that note, however, it's good to see that India is getting back into the naval fixed-wing aircraft business. - Aerobird Target locked - Fox One! 13:41, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

going a refit againEdit

Is this bloody thing going or a refit again? (talk) 06:59, 4 April 2008 (UTC)Yourdeadin

Cleaning up ship system informationEdit

Most ship articles have informaton on the systems and aircraft. This is a bit broken, aside from most of this article, and could use some cleaning up to do.

I'm slowly working on all three carrier articles, Vikrant, this, and Vikramaditya. I could use some assistance. Vikramaditya I had done several hours of editing, and it still needs work. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TrevelyanL85A2 (talkcontribs) 10:13, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

typo in Viraaat. somebody please correct it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:18, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

This vessel has gone under four mid-service refits, as well as a short refit. After so many refits it stops being a member of the original class and becomes something else. I personally believe that it should be listed as it's own class, as it's been changed far too many times to be considered a member of it's original class.-- (talk) 17:12, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

one of three aircraft carriers based in the Indian Ocean Region??Edit

In the opening paragraph, can someone please inform the readers what the other two aircraft carriers are? And do they belong to India? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:10, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

I have removed that 'claim' as it is both unexplained and not referenced. Sumorsǣte (talk) 11:15, 1 May 2016 (UTC)


This article uses a mixture of genderless and female pronouns for the ship. Both are acceptable per WP:SHIPPRONOUNS, but articles should be internally consistent. At present, I think that 'it/its' is used 7 times, and 'she/her' 12 times. Davidships (talk) 23:24, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

INS Viraat - Air-carrier, *cement it-deep in Jakhua [ Kachchh Peninsula ] & our Indian army can use itEdit

just A] Best Radar B] Missile close by *Karachi C]Basic Base D] Accomadation too Etc ps: simple corrosion easy as a shore-carrier

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Should this page be moved to under WP namespace?Edit

It doesn't quite make sense to stay in main article namespace. xinbenlv Talk, Ping 14:23, 17 August 2019 (UTC)


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