INS Vishal referred to as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 2 (IAC-2) been proposed plan as 3rd Aircraft Carrier for Indian Navy.
Indian Navy is the 7th most powerful Navy with comprising more than 65,000 active and 75,000 reserve
personal, Yet still when it involves Backbone of Naval flattop, we are trying to and do make any
progress on building our own indigenous equipment which support the fundamental possess to function
our Naval requirements.
|Type||Aircraft Carrier||Helicopter Carrier|
|Current||INS Vikramaditya (2013)||None|
|Decommissioned||INS Viraat (2017)||None|
|Ongoing Project||INS Vikrant (2022),|
INS Vishal (2030)
|LPD/LHD Program (Total 4|
The Indian Navy present fleet comprises 150 fleet strength including ships, submarines and 300
aircraft, also there are presently more than 50 ships and submarines are under construction as part of
varied ongoing projects. As total stretching, the Indian Navy decided to have more than 170 ships by 2027
are being stumbled by various obstacles, still, they’re moving ahead with the same objectives for perspective
try to add 3rd warship by 2030.
The INS Vikramaditya is the current largest STOBAR (short take-off but assisted recovery) attack aircraft
carrier which was before warship from the Russian Navy decommissioned Admiral Gorshkov VTOL
(vertical take-off and landing) missile cruiser carrier and this aircraft carrier was commission in the Indian
Navy in November 2013.
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) engaged on the first Indian indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1) launched in
2013 as INS Vikrant and expected to commission in mid-2022.
INS Vishal referred to as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 2 (IAC-2) is currently proposed plan as 2nd aircraft
carrier to make by Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy. The planning of this ship goes to be
significant changes from INS Vikrant, including an increase in size and displacement with EMALS
(Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But / Barrier
Arrested Recovery) the system is into consideration with 65,000 tonnes displacement.
The 3rd war vessel is a component of long-term capability planned by the Indian Navy. The project called
INS Vishal IAC-2 in the planning phase and naval design group acting on design elements, after it’ll select
budget elements. The Navy must overcome with all the huddles and add at least 2 more flattops before 2030.
For having more support toward not just attack aircraft carriers but submarines and others are too.
The having maritime capability to envisage a balancing force within the navy will have to be prioritization by
Defence Ministry. The Govt. engaged in reformulating the Maritime Capability Perspective Plan for next
15 years apart from the plan on a period of 10 years as propped by ICAD (Integrated Capability
Development System). Yet the navy project is presumably having an extended period of a framework for
creating available the time-frame to complete and deliver as a requirement.
The Indian Navy currently facing various obstacles from long holding conceive to getting not just carrier but
more frigate, destroyer, and support element’s which absolute needed to tackle with ongoing aggressive
approach by Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean at Andaman Nicobar Island with
Sri Lankan port.
Benefits of 3rd Aircraft Carrier:
- The Indian Navy is sentinel of Indian Ocean, and it needed to shield all 3 side of Indian border from
Pakistan as western side of the Arabian Sea, eastern side from China and west-south side for maritime
security. So having least two aircraft carriers available all the time for deployment is necessity of current
time scenario. Plus 3rd aircraft will give boost and edge for naval warfare in the future.
- The CDS of Indian Armed Force have reservation on 3rd attack aircraft carriers and also the government
approach needed to appear wider picture from naval warfare tactical side advantage as having third
advanced Aircraft Carrier in Indian Ocean.
- The third aircraft carrier are an operational necessity to Indian Navy, but it’ll take time for executing the plan and
completing the procedure in before 2027 as planned by Navy. Indian Government needed to as not look as
just adding combat ship, but also needed to opt for future commit to operate four full time operational
Carrier in IOR (Indian Ocean Region) including Helicopter Carrier similarly.
Arguments Against 3rd Aircraft Carrier:
- Border conflict with Pakistan at LOC and Chinese in LAC together with McMahon Line at Tibet — Arunachal Pradesh border side. As supported availability of budgetary resources are, hence the land border management and infrastructure have to improve the maximum amount with much as possible while stretching the resource with all three branch of Indian Armed Forces.
- Budget constraint because of covid pandemic and recovering from week economic slowdown, resource are quite sidetracked towards providing support to affected by coronavirus. This can be also put an excessive amount of burden in Defence bill and construction of other such defence project which are in streamlined with INS Vishal too.
- Limited Role of Indian Navy in historical wars from 1948, 1962, 1965 and 1971 except 1999 where navy played major role for pushing enemy back from fighting via sea route. All wars are fought were predominantly land border based conflict, and it makes more sense to concentrate on securing and strengthening of land border are on urgent basis.
- Carrier need more Aircraft and Helicopter which even doesn’t have fulfilled in Indian Air force as comprise 33 squadrons out of required number are 42 squadrons. Which indicate directly that Navy might even lack strength of fighter aircraft’s, helicopters are available and might need more such aircraft for deployment in Indian Ocean Region in near future.
So as a summary Indian Navy currently has only 1 attack aircraft carrier and the second is on the route toward commission. The third is on planning phase and can take a decade to urge commission in the Indian Navy.