SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Vice Admiral DM Deshpande on Indian Navy has confirmed that Navy shortly will be holding Internal discussions on exact tonnage, size and design prospects of the Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-II (IAC-II) before it is presented to Government of India for approvals.
When asked if IAC-II will have Nuclear Propulsion, Deshpande refused to confirm and only added that post-Internal discussions details of the high ticket item will emerge and till now nothing has been frozen on IAC-II.
Indian Government and the United States of America have been discussing possible close cooperation on development of IAC-II. US Government already has given export clearance to Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and AAG (Advanced Arresting Gear) to be used on IAC-II and also has agreed to provide consultation to develop radiation shield for IAC-II to protect its crew from harmful radiation from its Nuclear reactor if India decided to use Nuclear Propulsion on IAC-II .
US Government also has agreed to help India to carryout flight certification trials of IAC-I (INS Vikrant) when the aircraft carrier goes on Sea Trials from next years on wards .