Geopolitics - December 2017

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dian media was in September 2016. The
reportage on the subject said that the
then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
was prudent about the money he spent
as the nation’s security head. He pre-
ferred to save money for the nation and
the first savings he would want to do was
on the development and construction of
IAC-2, which was being envisaged as an
over 65,000-tonne mammoth sea-faring
asset with nuclear power as its propul-
sion system.
The reports said the plans for IAC-

(or INS Vishal, as per reports in the In-
dian media for some time now) were off
the priority list and the drawing board.
The reports claimed that the project
would receive no funds due to the esti-
mates of high cost for construction of the
aircraft carrier. This thinking had seeped
into the Indian officialdom’s mind after
their consultations with the American
and Russian counterparts on the project.
India already has an aircraft carrier
joint working group with the Americans,
looking at the possibility of industrial

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n just over a year – between Sep-
tember 2016 and now – India’s
second Indigenous Aircraft Car-
rier (IAC-2) narrative has changed
drastically. And that is because the
Indian Navy has rejected the Naval Light
Combat Aircraft in its present configura-
tion and has placed its bets on acquiring
a foreign combat plant that can do a ski-
jump take-off, as an alternative to the in-
digenous aircraft.
The first time the trouble regarding
India’s IAC-2 was mentioned in the In-


India’s plans for a formidable aircraft carrier fleet is at present in the realm of uncertainty.


The Indian government is having second thoughts over the huge cost it may have to incur if


it decides to go in for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the future. Geopolitics looks at the


current processes and tries to make sense of it


MEANDERING ROAD TO INDIA’S


AIRCRAFT CARRIER PLANS

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