India’s Navy Has A Problem: An Aircraft Carrier Shortage


On July 9th, the trade publication IHS Jane’s reported that India will no longer commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) in the 2030-2032 timeframe as it was previously scheduled to do.

According to the report, the delay is “due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all, enduring delays by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in approving the program.”

Similarly, the local media outlet, Rediff News, reported on the same day that owing to declining budgets “national security planners are reluctant to green light crucial power projection platforms, notably India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2), which should have already been under construction to join the fleet by about 2030.”

It was not immediately clear when IAC-2 is now scheduled to be commissioned, or if a date has been set at all. Even if there is a target date it will remain extremely tentative until actual progress is seen. Read More

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