India’s first homemade aircraft carrier falls short of US expectations: Report

In August, India and US signed a military agreement sharing logistics. The US also shared aircraft carrier technology with India after the carrier inspection in port Kochi.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 2, 2016 9:31 am
Mumbai: A naval boat during 'Day at Sea' exercise conducted as part of the Navy Day celebrations in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_28_2016_000268A) The US  has agreed to sell New Delhi everything from attack helicopters to artillery. (AP Photo)

India’s first locally made aircraft carrier has been found to be non-operational by American naval engineers, according to a report in Wall Street Journal.

The report states that the engineers who inspected the carrier at the port of Kochi in February, expecting it to be battle-ready, said it wouldn’t be operational for up to a decade. They found it having shortcomings like no small missile system to defend itself, a limited ability to launch sorties and no defined strategy for how to use the ship in combat.

India and US have joined hands to counter China’s expanding sway in the Indian ocean.

“China’s navy will be the biggest in the world soon, and they’re definitely eyeing the Indian Ocean with ports planned in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” retired Admiral Arun Prakash, the former commander of India’s navy, is quoted as saying in the report.

The inspection formed part of US plans to share aircraft carrier technology with India. In August, both the countries had signed a military agreement sharing logistics. They also plan a joint participation in naval exercises with Japan. Washington has approved proposals by Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. to make advanced jet fighters in India.

India and US naval agreement has given way to new dynamics to Asia’s geopolitical terrain, with China having diplomatic issues with the joint exercises.

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently reiterated a commitment to indigenous manufacturing, citing concerns that foreign supply of arms and ammunition could be cut off in a time of war. “I think self-dependence is very important,” he said.

China has been speeding up efforts on expanding its military forces. China is strategically investing in ports circling the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan. It is also building it’s first overseas military outpost in Dijboputi.

India had pledged funding for a new port in Iran last year. It has also added two Indian- built carriers to the Russian one it now operates.

US, however, is showing concerns about India’s military strategy. Experts said there have been severe delays on the part of New Delhi in modernising its carriers, jet fighters and nuclear submarines.

Some serious faults have been found in India’s first homemade carrier, INS Vikrant. Its gearboxes, construction, design and jet launching system has fallen short of expectations. But the US Navy has hopes on India’s second homemade carrier which promises  advance technologies.


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  1. Mandar More
    Apr 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm
    Buy uss enterprise cvn 65 aircraft carrier or a blue print of it and try to consturct it in american soil or in india we are not use to us technologe so it will give indian navy good experence its shape and designe is beautiful and it is nucler too so instead of going for other carrier such as nimaitz or new my request is to go fot cvn 65 or blue print of it we can later upgrade it so think itand replay thanks
    1. A
      Dec 2, 2016 at 5:16 am
      What people don't understand is US shared the technology with India so they can make the carrier ..because US wants to counter china in the region..but unfortunately some dumb engineers could t even do that ...
      1. A
        Dec 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm
        Obvously India can not produce weapons at par with US standards. This qould be india's first carrier, technology always eveolve and shortcomings are improved in subsequent models. Same is the case with tejas, I am glad that we achieved the first mile stone.US is producing aircraft carriers before the 2nd world war and took almost a century to reach here. So this is a big leap and at least we are trying something.
        1. Ashish Kothari
          Dec 1, 2016 at 3:33 pm
          "India’s first homemade aircraft carrier falls short of US expectations." lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So tell me, was USA planning to buy Indian aircraft carrier? If not, then what's the point?!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now read;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The US Navy's most technologically advanced warship broke down while transiting through the Panama Canal, the second setback for the $4 billion ship in the last two months. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;
          1. A
            Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25 am
   long as we are improving our technology indigenously on fast pace - it is ok. Soon we will be at better;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But worrying point is that India is still on buying spree. When we will develop our own?
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