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Three Aircraft Carriers in India: Defense and Deterrence.



  Oct 20, 2023

Why India Needs 3 Aircraft Carriers



1. Why is the Indian Navy considering more indigenous aircraft carriers?

The Indian Navy recognizes the strategic importance of maintaining its operational capabilities. With geopolitical challenges and increasing maritime responsibilities, having a strong naval presence is crucial. Indigenous aircraft carriers help in showcasing India's self-reliance in defense capabilities.

2. What is the significance of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-2)?

IAC-2 is an effort by the Indian Navy to enhance its operational capabilities. Following the commissioning of IAC-1, named INS Vikrant, the IAC-2 represents continuity in India's vision for a robust naval defense system.

3. Why is there a need for a third and larger aircraft carrier?

The evolving geopolitical scenario, especially with growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean, necessitates that India extends its naval air power reach. A third carrier ensures that the Navy can maintain a strong presence in multiple maritime zones simultaneously.

4. How do aircraft carriers benefit India's defense strategy?

Aircraft carriers act as floating airfields. They add to the surge capability, allowing fighter jets to operate from sea, extending their reach and response time. Given the vast coastline of India, carriers provide rapid response capabilities, especially during times of conflict or to address maritime challenges.

5. Why is there an emphasis on having three aircraft carriers?

The principle of maintaining three carriers ensures that even if one goes for maintenance, two remain operational. Aircraft carriers have lengthy maintenance schedules, as seen with the refit of INS Vikramaditya. Thus, to ensure a continuous naval air power presence, three carriers are deemed optimal.

6. How do aircraft carriers enhance India's operational reach?

Aircraft carriers allow for extended air power into distant areas, such as the Malacca Strait and the Gulf of Aden. They can be quickly redeployed based on strategic needs, providing flexibility and a show of force when required.

7. Are there any technological advancements associated with these carriers?

Yes, newer aircraft carriers will incorporate advanced technologies, including the potential for drone launches and advanced landing systems. The ship-building facilities will also undergo upgrades to accommodate these advancements.

8. What is the significance of indigenous carriers in terms of economic and strategic value?

Indigenous construction boosts the domestic defense industry, promotes self-reliance, and reduces dependency on foreign suppliers. Strategically, it sends a message of India's growing naval capabilities and its commitment to securing its maritime interests.

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