The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, announced on Friday that the Indian Navy is considering a repeat order for an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) following the induction of INS Vikrant.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the advanced stealth frigate Mahendragiri in Mumbai, Admiral Kumar stated, “We are working for a third aircraft carrier which will be a repeat of INS Vikrant. There is a lot of expertise that has been generated in terms of building an aircraft carrier. We are looking at having an IAC and preparing a case for it.”
This revelation highlights the Navy’s commitment to enhancing its maritime capabilities and maintaining a robust presence in the Indian Ocean Region and the broader Indo-Pacific, where traditional security challenges persist.
The launch of the advanced stealth frigate Mahendragiri marks a significant milestone in India’s maritime history, and it is the last of the seven warships of the Nilgiri-class stealth frigates to be launched at sea. The event took place at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai and was graced by Dr. Sudesh Dhankhar, wife of Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who launched the warship.
India’s naval expansion and modernization efforts, including the potential procurement of another Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, demonstrate the country’s commitment to safeguarding its maritime interests and maintaining security in the region.
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