16 Apr '18, 3am

India may lose Aircraft Carrier edge over China

India may lose Aircraft Carrier edge over China

China is set to begin preliminary sea trials of its second aircraft carrier within a month or so, even as it steams ahead with plans to also construct mammoth nuclear-powered ones, signalling its hard-nosed intent to project military power on the high seas in the years ahead. China's scorching pace in constructing aircraft carriers confronts India, which has been operating such sea-going airbases or "flat-tops" for over five decades now, with the very real prospect of losing its long-standing edge over its larger neighbour in this arena. India is currently making do with just one aircraft carrier in the shape of the 44,400-tonne INS Vikramaditya, the refurbished Admiral Gorshkov inducted from Russia for $2.33 billion in November 2013. Sources say the long-delayed 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-I) or INS Vikrant, being built at Cochin Shipyard, is likely to b...

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