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Third Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy

The proposed third aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy INS Vishal had remained stalled since 2017, with Ministry of Defence (MoD) reluctant to grant financial clearance over its exorbitant cost. While cost estimates for the Indian program were reduced considerably after plans to blend a nuclear propulsion system were scrapped, the warship’s development and operational costs and additional costs of high-end carrier-based fighters and other aircraft are conclusively still deemed unreasonable. The Navy has a sole serving carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, refurbished and equipped with advanced MiG-29K fighters. While, the indigenously being INS Vikrant by Cochin Shipyard with Russian assistance has been behind schedule and delivery likely by February 2021.

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