Speaking at the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition last week, a BAE Systems representative confirmed that the company is offering its Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier design to the Indian Navy.
India currently has one aircraft carrier in service, the 45,000 ton former Soviet Kiev-class Admiral Gorshkov, now known as the INS Vikramaditya, which accommodates embarked MiG-29K fighters and helicopters. The country is also building a second carrier, the 40,000 tonne INS Vikrant, in a local shipyard and this vessel is expected to begin sea trials in 2020.
However, the Indian Government also has a requirement for a third, larger, carrier in the 65,000 tonne class, to be known as the INS Vishal. Like Vikrant, the ship will be built locally, in the Cochin shipyard. Read More