The Andhra Pradesh government is hoping to convert the recently decommissioned aircraft carrier service INS Viraat to a tourist destination. The Andhra Pradesh government is hoping to convert it to a ‘dedicated tourist attraction’.  The INS Viraat was decommissioned on March 6, 2017. The Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday issued tender notices inviting bids to appoint consultants for preparing the a techno-economic feasibility report and calculate the costs estimates for refurbishment of the oldest aircraft carrier service in the world to a tourism hotspot. The last date for submitting bids is July 26, 2017.

The INS Viraat is currently docked in Mumbai, after completing almost four decades of service on the high seas. She displaced nearly 28,500 tonnes and was capable of operating Sea Harrier jets, short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft, and practically all kinds of naval helicopters. The most striking feature of the ship was the 12-degree ramp on the bow which helped enhance the safety and the radius of operation and payload carrying capacity of her contingent Sea Harriers. The INS Viraat during her heyday was equipped with Close-in Weapons System for self-defense and a Computer-Aided Action Information Systems which gave the command a holistic picture of the tactical scenario based on information fed to the computer from all onboard sensors. Elon Musk Just Launched X.COM, Leaves People Confused Over The Mystery Website

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This afforded rapid decision making and enabled destruction of hostile platforms before they could be in a threatening situation as reaction times on the seas are minimal. Although it is the world’s oldest aircraft carrier but her condition is very good and was manned by only a small contingent of Indian Navy sailors for her routine upkeep and maintenance. Although the ship was in the custody of Navy officials in Mumbai but the decisions pertaining to her disposal, conversion or any other utility shall be taken by the Ministry of Defence.