While INS Vikrant will be delivered late, India starts design work on much larger, 65,000 tons, carrier
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...sk=view&id=556Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma announced the nation's first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) INS Vikrant will not be ready until 2017, three years later than the planned schedule. However The New Indian Express daily reports that design work on the much larger aircraft carrier INS Vishal has already started.
“There were problems in manufacturing the gear box, which involves complex technology. The truck bringing generators overturned near Pune last year, further delaying the schedule,” Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma explained.
65,000 is like CVF... and are those CATOBAR rumors true? Where they gonna get the catapults from ?
So, essentially, India is planning to have 3 different carriers with 3 different logistical supply chains, maintenance requirements and tactical capabilities.
This is a bad idea with zero economies of scale (except on aircraft but even then all three carriers will have different requirements which would likely eliminate some elements of interoperability).
I can understand Chinese approach (1 foreign training carrier and a series of indigenous operational
Carriers), but I don't understand the Indian approach (three didfderwnt operational carriers). It's going to be a logistical nightmare.
They will save lots of time simply by importing catapult from US, like French.
That steam launching system is really quite old, but it must work.
The new Ford carriers will have EMALS, and I don't know whether that will be made available to others.
If EM-CAT was deemed suitable for Queen Elizabeth class then it might be a workable solution for the so called INS Vishal as well. The question is, which aircraft will they go for.
a) Fit the carrier timeline to match that of AMCA ? (very optimistic)
b) Buy Rafale as an interim solution ? (Is navy prepared to muddle its logistics with 4 aircraft types being inducted in less than 2 decades ?)
c) Lease Rafale/SH as an interim solution ? (will there be any available ?)
d) Buy F-35C ? (same as b)
e) Develop a catobar version of Tejas as an interim solution and to maintain commonality in navy aviation wing ? (restricted operational capability, but might be the cheapest solution of all)