Indian Navy chief has confirmed that the Naval design bureau is currently evaluating offers from both UK and the USA who have offered to act as consultants for India’s plans to develop a 65,000 tonne INS Vishal aircraft carrier. The UK has offered it’s HMS Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carrier design to India which due to same displacement size makes more sense but still will still require heavy modifications since present design is, in short take-off and vertical landing aircraft (STOVL ) configuration while Indian Navy wants Catapult to take off but arrested landing (CATOBAR) system which is mastered by the USA.

India also has selected the American Electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) launch and recovery system for the aircraft on the deck which again means it will heavily depend on the US Team for installation and certification of the Aviation assets to be based on the INS Vishal.

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) which has developed 8 nuclear-powered Super aircraft carriers like Nimitz-class and now constructing 5 Gerald R. Ford-class Super aircraft carriers for the US Navy is ready to assist India in development of the INS Vishal and certify it Aviation assets for operations from the aircraft carrier. India plans to operate its indigenously developed TEDBF Twin-engine fighter from the INS Vishal which later will also support 5th Generation Naval fighter jet based on AMCA so US Cooperation in their carrier certification on EMALS system is also critical.

Since India has dropped plans to use Nuclear propulsion for the INS Vishal, UK which has offered its Integrated electric propulsion (IEP)
composing of Two Rolls-Royce Marine 36 MW MT30 gas turbine alternators and four 10 MW diesel engines. while both offers have their own set of merits and demerits and Indian Navy will have to take a call soon.


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