India-U.S. carrier group concludes second meet

The India-U.S. working group on aircraft-carrier technology co-operation has held its second meeting here, Navy officials said on Friday.

The group was one of the two constituted under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India in January last year. “At this meeting, various aspects of cooperation… were discussed and a joint statement was signed,” the Navy said in a statement. The discussions were spread over three days from February 15 to 18.

India envisages having a three-carrier Navy. It is carrying out feasibility studies for the second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II), and the design is expected to be finalised by year-end. The U.S. has offered India the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) — now being developed by General Atomics — to be installed on IAC-II.

The 11-member U.S. delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Thomas J. Moore, Programme Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers in the U.S. Navy.

It visited various defence and industrial installations, including the Shore Based Test Facility at Goa, Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru, and Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi.

“The delegation also visited the first indigenous aircraft-carrier Vikrant being built at Cochin Shipyard Limited,” the statement said. The first meeting was held in the U.S. east coast in August last.

U.S. has offered India the electro-magnetic aircraft launch system

for its carrier