The plane and the aircraft carrier



Last week, when Cochin Shipyard Ltd handed over the Indian Navy (INS) vessel Vikrant to the Indian Navy, the shipyard was left with a large empty berth where India’s first aircraft carrier, or IAC-1, was under construction. Now the demanding answers were two questions: First, will there be a second native carrier? And, if so, what would be the size and specifications of the IAC-2? The navy’s answers to these questions will determine India’s naval power for decades to come.


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First published: Thu 04 Aug 2022. 22:49 IST

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