India expects to finalize the design for the largest aircraft carrier weighing about 100,000 tons for the navy.
“The indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) would be of 65,000 tons and will be capable of carrying over 50 aircraft. The feasibility study for IAC-II has begun and will take about 8-10 months based on which the design will be frozen,” The Hindu news daily quoted a senior Indian Navy official as saying Wednesday.
In comparison, displacement of INS Viraat is only 28,500 tonnes and INS Vikramaditya is 45,400 tonnes, both of which are of foreign origin and currently in service with the Indian Navy. The first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant weighing 40,000 tonnes is currently under construction at Kochi.
As this is the first time India will involve development of several new technologies, foreign companies with the expertise in carrier design and construction will be consulted. The US, Russia, France, the UK and Italy are the countries that currently operate carriers and they would be consulted for the purpose, the official added.
Officials said Vikrant was in advanced stage of construction and was on course to be delivered by December 2018.