Indian carrier out for months

Published on July 27, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Set back for naval aspirations.

India without aircraft carrier for 8 months

Rajat Pandit

NEW DELHI: India thinks of itself as an emerging superpower but does not have a single operational aircraft carrier as of now. Its solitary aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya , will be ready for action only after eight months due its ongoing maintenance refit.

More alarmingly, the 44,570-tonne INS Vikramaditya will in all probability have to soldier on alone for the next six-seven years. In its report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the CAG said the already long-delayed 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, will be ready only by 2023 as per its constructor Cochin Shipyard.

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