Indian Navy has initiated the process of starting a study for a larger carrier as informed by Admiral R Hari Kumar to the media. The 65000-tonne aircraft carrier that will use “catapult assisted take-off but arrested recovery” (CATOBAR) will see the adaption of next-gen Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) systems.

General Atomics which has developed EMALS & AAG Systems for U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered, 100,000-tonne Supercarriers also has claimed to develop smaller EMALS & AAG Systems that can be used on smaller aircraft carriers like one Indian plan to develop.

Indian state-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is working to develop an electromagnetic catapult launch system for future Indian Navy Aircraft Carriers but the technology is still in the initial stages and Indian Navy is keen to collaborate with the General Atomics on localized development of the EMALS & AAG System for its Third Indigenous Aircraft carrier.

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