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Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), riding high on the successful delivery of INS Vikrant, India’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, has presented a compelling proposal to the Indian Navy. The proposal outlines a significantly reduced construction timeframe for a sister ship to INS Vikrant.

Building INS Vikrant was a monumental undertaking, taking nearly 13 years from keel-laying to sea trials. However, CSL is confident of slashing this timeframe to just 7 years for the next carrier. This ambitious target hinges on two key factors.

The experience and infrastructure developed during INS Vikrant’s construction have created a robust ecosystem within CSL. Leveraging this established network will streamline production and expedite the process.

CSL emphasizes the importance of securing timely funding to maintain construction momentum. With a steady inflow of resources, CSL believes they can achieve 85% completion by the sixth year, paving the way for a swift delivery within 7 years.

While the core design is likely to remain similar, the new carrier might incorporate some improvements. Larger Aircraft Lifts to Accommodate larger and heavier aircraft could be a focus, potentially enhancing operational capabilities.

The carrier might be equipped to handle Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) and High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as India develops them.

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