SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The commanding officer of IAC Vikrant, Vidhyadhar Harke, stated that the plan to have at least three aircraft carriers for securing the Indian coastline was devised in the late 1950s and that India must stick to the plan and work on procuring more Aircraft carriers because India can now make it the country.
Harke recalled that the post-independence Navy desired four aircraft carriers, but the government later agreed to at least three aircraft carriers. India only had two aircraft carriers at most, and the need for a third aircraft carrier has persisted for decades.
The Indian Navy has agreed to purchase a sister-class ship to India’s first indigenously-built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, while also developing plans for a larger 65000-ton aircraft carrier to replace Russia’s INS Vikramaditya, a Kiev-class aircraft carrier, after 2035.
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