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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    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
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      Anonymous
      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 ...
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        Arun
        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.
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          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 this....lt;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;
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            Avinash
            Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25 am
            Np...as long as we are improving our technology indigenously on fast pace - it is ok. Soon we will be at better level.lt;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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              avi
              Dec 1, 2016 at 6:34 am
              US will never appreciate something which may be getting too close to their standards !
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                deep
                Dec 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                it has not yet equipped with stealth long range missiles and guns
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                  Isam FUDHUL
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm
                  So i dont know This about what but i want to ingiod This News
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                    Indeevar Sharma
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:12 am
                    US is trying to put pressure on India so that we are confused and put all eggs in their basket.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;INS vikrant was never planned as a high-tech carrier like US carriers. Its design and CIWS (close in weapon system) including short range and long range BARAK 1 and 8 are enough to defend from aerial attack, just like It was on INS Virat and is on INS Vikramaditya. Also it will have Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We never designed and projected INS vikrant like US supercarrier. Its our 1st in-house production, so def in the next one, we will make much better. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We should not listen to these US expert.
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                      Saji
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                      Not a surprising find.
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                        Ketan Kadu
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                        US should stay in its Pants and not fool around other countries security matter. You see we will not open our defense capability to any other nation which is just want to sell stuff by pointing out some under work projects defects. There own ship are not full proof against our Cruse missile attack so work on that first. We are not confident of US that much and its know in the Past that it help to those country which are enemy of ours and get busted in return from those country.
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                          Murthy
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 8:33 am
                          An Aircraft Carrier, however modern, has to be part of a Fleet with destroyer, radar and fuel ships accompanying it on long missions - possibly with some form of Submarine support. US' Carriers were designed as Ocean going high tonnage ships wit their own extensive radar and repair facilities. India cannot build anything similar, as yet. Therefore, the Indian designer may have wanted a ship that would be effective within the Indian Ocean. Simplicity means rapid operational readiness and All India dry docking facilities. Complexity in these War Machines, is not always good for a developing country like India..
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                            Murthy
                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:29 am
                            I cannot understand why IE would want to censor a general discussion in my posts. they have blocked two of my posts, carefully composed, spending over 20 minutes of my time. Nothing critical of anyone in those posts.
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                              Moe Mehrashena
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm
                              If that is an aircraft carrier I am a Naval engineer..
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                                Ind
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 9:14 am
                                Boundaries of Kakatiya Empire are not clear.
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                                  mohasa
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                                  Be very very careful about the US. Their observation may be true but then again it might be their strategy to oversee all military projects of India by finding faults. India needs equipment that will do the job, not necessarily the best that money can buy! Indian engineers must not yield to any overbearing atude of the yanks unless they are totally convinced of the merit of the suggestions. Bear in mind that the most minor ideas from Americans are usually touted as top secret when the reality is that, when the secret is revealed, it hardly means much technical advantage. Just a word of caution.
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                                    Mystore Rom
                                    Dec 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                                    What Americans mean is India doesn't have the ability to build aircraft c. Just buy from USA. lt;br/gt;Please spend trillions of Rupees to buy US$ and use it to pay for USA's aircraft.
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                                      Cristoval Jes%c3%bas
                                      Dec 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm
                                      I love India and I spoke the truth of present day India.
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                                        Cristoval Jes%c3%bas
                                        Dec 1, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                        India is a pathetic joke. They are minnow as far as technology is concerned. They should just stick to playing cricket, banning currency notes, singing national anthem, giving birth to babies, killing female babies, men raping women, creating pollution and specialize in corruption.
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                                          Cristoval Jes%c3%bas
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                          India is a pathetic joke. They are minnows as far as technology is concerned. They should just stick to playing cricket, banning currency notes, singing national anthem, giving birth to babies, killing female babies, men raping women, creating pollution and specialize in corruption
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                                            Cristoval Jes%c3%bas
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm
                                            Likewise.
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