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In an era marked by escalating maritime tensions and the rapid expansion of China’s naval capabilities, the need for enhanced naval power and cooperation among like-minded nations has never been more pressing. A strategic proposal should be that Four nations come together for a collaborative effort between India, France, Japan, and South Korea to build a fleet of advanced aircraft carriers. some for the arguments for the Quad Carrier Cooperation is that.

China’s rapid naval expansion and future ambitions, including the development of larger aircraft carriers and advanced technologies like EMALS, pose a significant challenge to regional security. To maintain a strategic balance, India, France, Japan, and South Korea will need more and larger aircraft carriers equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The collaborative construction of these carriers is aimed at ensuring that the participating nations can effectively counter China’s growing naval capabilities.

Developing and building next-generation aircraft carriers is often results into monumental financial undertaking. By spreading the costs across four nations, the program becomes more economically viable for each participant.

France, India and Japan possess extensive experience in carrier design and technology like EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System). Combining their expertise with India’s nuclear propulsion capabilities and South Korea’s shipbuilding prowess could accelerate development and reduce individual burdens.

With Shared design and technology across the four nations means that it would simplify maintenance, logistics, and potentially even joint operations. The ability to operate seamlessly as a combined force will strengthen deterrence against regional adversaries.

While having multiple carriers enhances overall fleet resilience. While one undergoes maintenance, others remain operational. This redundancy bolsters regional presence and ability to respond to various contingencies.

Aligning the strategic priorities and political will of four nations over a sustained period can be challenging. Differing threat perceptions and national interests could create friction during development and deployment.

For Japan and South Korea, the rise of China’s naval power is a direct threat. Japan’s current helicopter destroyers equipped with F-35B aircraft are insufficient to counter a more powerful Chinese navy. A full-fledged aircraft carrier, allowed under Japan’s revised constitution, would significantly enhance its defensive and offensive capabilities.

South Korea has long desired an aircraft carrier, but cost constraints have hindered progress. Participation in this cooperative initiative would provide South Korea with a cost-effective solution to obtain a 60,000-65,000-ton carrier with EMALS.

India has plans to develop its own 65000-ton Aircraft Carrier and might be looking to procure more then 2 for its requirements. Quad Carrier Cooperation can help reduce cost and also develop and integrate next-generation technology like EMALS without experience high investment of their own.

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