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Parliamentary standing committee on Defence (SCOD) that has tabled its report in the house have backed the Indian Navy’s proposal for the development of a third aircraft carrier as it prepares to induct INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier that is going through the final phases of sea trials.

SCOD supported Indian Navy in operating three aircraft carriers so that at least two aircraft are deployed and one is kept for repairs and maintenance. SCOD also backed the purchase of Deck-based fighter jets for its immediate requirement for two aircraft carriers.

Indian Navy has recommended the development of a sister ship of INS Vikrant with a displacement of 44000-tons with more advancements and some changes while it works on the development of a 65000-ton aircraft carrier in CATOBAR ( Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Recovery) configuration.

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