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India’s Aircraft Carrier

  • Currently, Indian Navy opera only a single carrier, the 44,000-tonne INS Vikramaditya bought from Russia.
  • INS Vikrant, is an indigenous aircraft carrier being built in Cochin Shipyard.
  • It is a 40, 000 tonne carrier and expected to join service by 2021.
  • INS Vishal, proposed to be India’s 2nd indigenous aircraft carrier has stalled since 2017 awaiting defence ministry’s clearance.
  • It was conceived as 65,000 tonne class carrier. The clearance was mainly delayed owing to its production cost.
  • Recently, Indian government has approached UK to build state of the art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth.
  • The talks are under way to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called “copycat supercarrier” to be named INS Vishal in 2022.
  • This India-UK Naval deal would follow the sale of INS Viraat to India in 1987, which was decommissioned 2 years ago.
December 2023