外文标题：India now puts aircraft carrier plan on fast track
NEW DELHI: India is trying to fast-track finalization of its long-pending ambitious plan to launch indigenous construction of its largest-ever aircraft carrier. Though the propulsion system for the proposed 65,000-tonne warship is yet to be decided, the plan is veering towards nuclear power for greater operational endurance.
The ongoing "detailed" naval study for this indigenous aircraft carrier-II (IAC-II) project has gained urgency since the ageing 56-year-old INS Viraat -- quite toothless now with just 11 Sea Harrier jump-jets left to operate from its deck -- will be retired next year.
India has to plan ahead since it will take at least 10-12 years to construct IAC-II, which will be christened INS Vishal, if it wants to systematically build military capabilities to counter China's expanding long-range naval deployments in the Indian Ocean Region, say officials.
China, after inducting its first 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier Liaoning in September 2012, already has a second one under construction and two more are in the pipeline to further bolster its expanding maritime power. Aircraft carriers, with their accompanying warships and aircraft, after all, are the ultimate symbols of military power projection around the globe.
Modi ji you are great !!
It is good. India is always planing for the future of more than 30 years later. Such as LCA.
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Very GOOD Modi Sir
First and foremost information of such strategic importance should not be leaked to media or public, as it is also side by side is disclosed to neighboring countries.Secondly , what has been done is of much importance rather than what is going to be done, as such planning gives opportunities to neighboring countries to plan their strategic activities appropriately.
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Indian Navy and Indian Air Force is behind China and falling further behind. China also has Pakistan as close ally in the region. Whom does India have an ally in the region? Maybe Japan.
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