The first of India’s indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) will be inducted into the Navy by 2020 together with a squadron of MiG-29 carrier-borne fighter jets.
The IAC-1 would end India’s reliance on Russia for aircraft carriers and would begin a series of carriers made indigenously which would progressively improve in technology and features, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, Vice-admiral Karambir Singh said today on the eve of the Navy Day.
The IAC-2 would boost of a ski-jump system on which the MiG-29K jets would be based. From IAC-2 onwards, the catapult launch system would be introduced which would speed up the launching process.
Vice-admiral Singh said that the IAC-1 was currently being built at the Cochin Shipyard. The Navy has a requirement of two operational carriers. The Maritime Capability Perspective Plan envisages a force level of three carriers to ensure availability of two carrier battle groups at any given time.
It is not yet clear if India will order additional MiG-29s since the IAC-1 deck is made for MiG-29K operation. The INS Vikramaditya carrier which was bought from Russia has a complement of MiG-29 carriers.
A three-carrier fleet will enable India to match China’s growing fleet which also is aiming for a three carrier batte-groups in the medium term and up to 10 carriers in the long term.
The India Navy is looking to acquire third aircraft carrier along with 57 foreign aircraft for the warship, amid growing Chinese threat, which will reportedly cost the government about US$25 billion (INR 1.6 lakh cr)
Cochin Shipyard Limited, one of the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India, has won a tender for manufacturing 8 anti-submarine ships for the Indian Navy under a project estimated to cost INR 5,400 crores (US$834m). The Navys project will enhance the submarine capacity of the country and will make advancements in the core capabilities, New Delhi Times reports
Indias sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on Friday has carried out the maiden test of the newly installed Barak short range surface-to-air missile. “During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live, low-flying, high-speed target
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