Indian carrier out for months
Set back for naval aspirations.
India without aircraft carrier for 8 months
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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