While the Indian Navy is still making a case for the development of the Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), the Country’s nodal agency for the design and development of naval vessels, Warship Design Bureau has been instructed to work on a new design for a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) system for the 65000-T aircraft carrier.

Indian Navy operates two STOBAR (Short Take-off But Arrested Recovery) aircraft carriers but IAC-II will feature the CATOBAR system since the STOBAR system limits take of weight of the aircraft and cant support Airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. has been told that Naval UCAV and Deck-based AWACS will be part of the air wing of any future aircraft carrier that the Indian Navy wants to operate and the CATOBAR system is the only one that can support operations of both systems.

The next generation Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) system for aircraft launch has been offered by the United States to India, but the technology is still very expensive and still has high downtime due to which steam-powered catapult launch system might be selected by the Indian Navy.

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