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Bajaj Motorcycles to launch V range of bikes on Feb 1

January 27, 2016: The new Bajaj V range of bikes will be unveiled by the Pune-based two-wheeler giant on February 1, days before the Auto Expo. The bikes are made from the same metal as those used in the construction of INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier.

“We at Bajaj were determined to not allow history to fade away into oblivion,” said a voice over in a teaser video released by the company. “So we took INS Vikrant’s metal, melted it and gave it a new face.”

India’s first aircraft-carrier, which saw action in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, was commissioned in 1961. It was decommissioned in 1997 and scrapped in 2014. Originally known as HMS Hercules, it was built for the British Navy. India bought the aircraft carrier in 1957.

There were plans to convert it into a floating museum, but the cost of doing so was prohibitive. The navy finally sold it as scrap for about Rs60 crore. The INS Vikrant logo will be engraved on the tank of the new range of bikes.