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The Indian Navy is set to achieve a significant milestone in its pursuit of self-reliance in defence technology with plans to equip its second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) with locally manufactured arresting gears and braking machines. These critical components were previously imported from the Proletarski Zavod (Proletarian Factory) in Russia for the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.

The IAC-II project is a vital part of India’s naval modernization efforts, aiming to bolster the nation’s maritime capabilities. As part of this endeavour, the Indian Navy has determined the need for three sets of arresting gears and braking machines for the IAC-II aircraft carrier, which is slated for development and certification by 2026-27.

Before deployment on the IAC-II, these locally produced systems will undergo rigorous testing and certification at the Indian Navy’s shore-based test facility (SBTF) located at the INS Hansa in Goa.

By reducing reliance on external suppliers and embracing domestic production, India is not only achieving greater self-sufficiency but also contributing to its long-term defence preparedness. This strategic shift toward indigenous manufacturing represents a significant step forward in securing India’s maritime interests and reinforcing its position as a regional naval power.

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