- According to a report,India and the United Kingdom are in talks to build a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of the UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as a part of India’s ‘Make in India’ programme.
- The warship will be called as INS Vishal.It would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts.The design for UK aircraft carriers is owned by the British and French aerospace companies BAE and Thales.The design would be modified to meet Indian Navy and local industry requirements.
- INS Vishal would serve alongside India’s 45,000-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya which was bought from Russia in 2004 and the under construction 40,000-tonne INS Vikrant.
- The HMS Queen Elizabeth is in service with the UK’s Royal Navy and is touted as being the most potent aircraft carrier after the US Navy’s nuclear powered carriers.
- The Queen Elizabeth class is significantly larger than INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant.It has a maximum displacement of over 65,000 tonnes and can deploy up to 40 F-35B fighter.
- Earlier,India had bought the Britain’s Falklands War carrier HMS Hermes to India in 1987 which was renamed as INS Viraat and it was decommissioned in 2017.
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