Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Madhu S Nair of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) while speaking to the media has said that the shipyard is keen to start work on a second aircraft carrier for which it has required trained manpower and over 500 MSMEs that can delivery a 65000-Ton aircraft carrier in 8-9 years instead of 13 years what it took for INS Vikrant.

The CSL plans to complete its new larger drydock by the end of next year and hopes to get other government contracts if they need a new carrier. Nair blamed the significant delay in the delivery of Russian equipment, on the aviation facility complex and the pandemic while INS Vikrant took 13 years.

Initially, due shortage of steel from Russian suppliers, forced India country’s steelmaking giant, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) to develop its steel Grade 249 A used for the hull and vessel interiors, and Grade 249 B for the flight deck of this warship in collaboration with the Indian Navy and DMRL. 2 years were lost due to Russian steel shortage and another 1 year was lost due to delays in supply and assembly of Russian origin light-signaling systems.

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