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.
Nothing projects raw combat power like an aircraft carrier prowling on the high seas, ready to unleash its fighter jets and missiles against any adversary. So, whenever the US launches a military strike, or flies the flag against a belligerent China in the South China Sea, it turns to its 10 Nimitz-class nuclear-powered "super-carriers" deployed around the globe. China, too, visualises aircraft carriers as "symbols of a great nation".
Moreover, the report says the MiG-29K fleet - India ordered 45 fighters from Russia for $2 billion for INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant - is "riddled with problems" due to defects in the fighter airframes, RD-33 MK engines and fly-by-wire systems. Consequently, the serviceability or operational availability of MiG-29Ks is pathetic - ranging from just 15.93 per cent to 37.63 per cent.
How come such defense matters are openly discussed like this
Yes ! Its like opening our pants and surrendering....
Lazy shipyard workers start working 3 shifts and get ready the ship in few months
US had 7 Aircraft Carriers before World War 2 and they were not even participating in the war. We are talking about 1930s-early 1940s and this is 2016.
PM just enjoying life travelling abroad.He just wanted to get his US Visa.India can never prosper.
This reporter is acting like an idiot ! while publishing such a news giving message to enemy .no country in the world is disclosing national security matters weather is positive or negative. Defense news should be only publish through ministry officials sources
With this craft or without this craft , Indian navy is like sitting duck against China super missilis. Even Pakistan is capable to distroye this ship within a couple of hours.
Jai Deep Bhargava
Shame on media.. Providing such information... Are you inviting enemies giving such information ?????
Emerging Super Power the term is laughable...india will take another 50 years as we have been set back by Modi Govt
Aircraft Carrier does not make a nation superpower! UK a permanent member UN Security Council has no Aircraft Carrier - India develop your economy, infrastructure...Aircraft Carrier will not pull India out of 3rd world! Strive to be in the 1st world