US to release Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System technology to India for aircraft carriers

By: PTI | Washington | Published:October 18, 2017 1:42 pm
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The US has decided to release the crucial Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the Indian Navy’s future aircraft carrier, according to the Trump administration. The decision comes ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to India. A formal date of the visit has not been announced yet.

The Trump administration has informed India of its decision. India had sent a letter of request to the US government during the Obama administration for the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMLAS) built by General Atomics for aircraft carrier planned by the Indian Navy.

Due to its flexible architecture, EMALS can launch a wide variety of aircraft weights and can be used on a variety of platforms with differing catapult configurations. The Trump administration sent a response to India on Monday about its decision to release this technology.

Aerospace expert Dr Vivek Lall, chief executive, US and International Strategic Development, of General Atomics had told PTI earlier that General Atomics is planning to open an office in Delhi to support the Indian government’s military requirements.

The Indian Navy plans to integrate the US-made EMALS catapults into its future supercarriers.

This gesture ahead of the Tillerson’s visit is another indication of the strategic alliance US wants to foster with India, informed sources said. Last month, the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visited India.

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