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The Indian Navy (IN) is taking steps to get approval for the second aircraft carrier and has plans to procure a third aircraft carrier in the distant future that will be bigger than any aircraft carrier that it has ever operated with a displacement of over 65000 tons equipped with a Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) system.

Indian Navy is well aware that carrier battle groups (CBGs) are more vulnerable due to the development of Anti-ship ballistic missiles and Hypersonic Anti-ship cruise missiles that are taking shape which will make it much more difficult for the present multi Air defence layer onboard warships to intercept.

Indian Navy considers China’s evolved A2/AD strategy a serious threat to its fleet and Aircraft carriers will particularly be vulnerable when China will also pass on to Pakistan some of its advanced Anti-ship ballistic missiles or Anti-ship cruise missiles for which it has plans to add much more sophisticated layered air defence system in place that will able to neutralize next generation anti-ship weapons.

Under Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) program, India has plans to equip its frontline warships and Missile cruisers with long-range interceptor missiles designed for both low exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric interception of long-range ballistic missiles.

India Navy has plans to induct such missile-equipped warships as part of the future carrier battle groups (CBGs) to provide multi-layered air defence coverage to its aircraft carrier and also strengthen its defence against new emerging threats.

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