Navy begins work on second aircraft carrier


The Indian Navy formally initiated the process of design and construction of the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II). The Navy early this month issued an expression of interest to identify a domestic shipyard for the construction of the carrier.

“A letter seeking expression of interest of interest has been forwarded to nine shipyards,” Navy sources said on Friday.

A study group, headed by Rear Admiral Surinder Ahuja, Assistant Controller of Carrier Project, has been set up to “identify suitable Indian shipyards for construction of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-II and to arrive at the build strategy, Navy,” sources said.

The decision comes as Nisha Desai Biswal, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia just concluded her two day visit to India. She was here to take forward ongoing strategic dialogue and also prepare the ground for the first India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue to be held in Washington this September.

A working group was set up to explore possibility of installing the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) technology under development by General Atomics on IAC-II.

The Navy envisages IAC-II to be of 65,000 tonnes with an air complement of 50 plus aircraft. While the launch mechanism is Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR), the letter says “modern technologies for launch and recovery will be considered” leaving room for incorporating EMALS. The propulsion can be either conventional diesel powered or nuclear.

The first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant weighing 40,000 tonnes is in advanced stage of construction at Kochi. It is expected to be commissioned by end 2018 and has cost Rs. 20,000 crore so far.

India and U.S. had agreed to cooperate on aircraft carrier technologies as part of six “path-finder” projects during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India in January.

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