Indian Navy Carrier Deployment and Development Plans

 Chief Naval Admiral Sunil Lanba  speaking to Manu Pubby of Economic Times indicated that the Indian Navy will be fielding three aircraft carriers as planned possibly by the end of the next decade. The Navy will be floating a proposal for Acceptance of Necessity from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) shortly as per Admiral Lanba for the second indigenously developed carrier. The first INS Vikrant is presently undergoing fitment before trials.  At present the Indian Navy fields the INS Vikramaditya procured from Russia. For the second indigenously developed carrier names Vishal the Navy will be going in for a 65,000 tonne CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off but Arrested Recovery) vessel which will be conventionally powered.  The carrier will deploy 57 fighters. The CATOBAR launch system will provide the Navy the capability to launch a variety of aircraft including heavier airborne early warning or fighters which do not have a higher thrust. Details of Indian Navy carriers is covered as below..................

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