India is likely to start the construction of its second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) in three years, Indian Naval Chief said Monday.
Speaking on the eve of Navy Day, the Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba said, “Case for a second IAC has received necessary impetus, though it is still a decade away. Construction would be spread over 7-10 years. We will see the start of construction in three years,” The Hindu reported Monday.
The Navy envisages IAC-II to have a displacement of 65,000 tonnes and use a Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery (CARTOBAR) for launching aircraft.
INS Vikrant weighs 40,000 tonnes and works on a Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) mechanism with an angular ski-jump. The carrier will be able to accommodate up to 40 aircraft including Russian-made MiG-29K Fulcrum fighter jets, Kamov Ka-31, HAL Dhruv, or Westland Sea King helicopters. The carrier’s hangar can accommodate up to 17 aircraft, while the remaining planes can be stored on the flight deck.
India’s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant has entered its final phase of construction at Kochi shipyard and will commence sea trials in 2020, Lanba said.
The new carrier designated as IAC-1, is the first carrier class to be designed and built in India under IAC program that was officially launched in August 2013; and relaunched in June 2015. It is reportedly slated for induction into service with Eastern Naval Command in the same year.
The US Naval engineers who inspected Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikranthave found it as non-operational for up to decade. They found the carrier with shortcomings like lacking at least small missile system to defend itself, a limited ability to launch sorties and no defined strategy for how to use the ship in combat
Russia could supply air defence systems and other equipment to Indias Vikrant-class aircraft carrier currently under construction, the head of Russian firm Rostec said. "Guidance systems, air defence systems, as well as various systems of airborne weaponry, including anti-aircraft, could be supplied on board the aircraft carrier
Indias first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant was successfully undocked on Wednesday after the completion of its structural work at Cochin Shipyard in South India, various media reported. The 260 meters long and 60 meters wide carrier is scheduled for induction in 2018 and will start sea trials in 2017
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Indias indigenous Light Combat Aircraft and the MiG 29K fighter planes will make their first appearance on the newly launched aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant. While the Indian Navy is eager to procure eight carrier version of the LCA; the first prototype aircraft has completed only four flight tests so far as part of a planned ski-jump from the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa this year
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