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Old 11th July 2017, 20:18   #106
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I think for us to take care of both the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal - 2 is a must for our Navy. I do see that we might get the 3rd one the coming decade.
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I agree with you that eventually we should have 3 carriers. That would be an ideal number. Beyond that would be an overkill and merely muscle strutting for the sake of it. 3 would mean = one at sea on a long deployment/flag cruise + one at stand by/training/exercise + one under maintenance. That day, in my estimate is probably 2035 especially if the Indian Navy decides to start with a new larger design. If they do a sister ship to Vikrant II then maybe 2030. By then INS Vikramaditya would be very long in the tooth. One possibility given our growing proximity to the Americans is that they lease us one of their through deck amphibious carriers and we fly F-35s V/STOL jets off them. Just day dreaming.
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What according to you would be the main role for our 3rd and larger Aircraft Carrier
The threats of today and the future it seems will be from organized non-State actors and certain rougue states who will carve their place on the world stage by being exporters of terrorism and dirty weapons. As this is not a political forum I wont name them but you know who all. The aircraft carriers (all three) would be needed to access these players and their sites many of which will be beyond the reach of the IAF flying from the sub-continent. Also a carrier remains the most versatile and flexible way of saying grrrr! without firing a shot - it gives diplomats the ability to grade their response. The 3rd carrier will ensure availability as spoken of in the first paragraph. In 2045 unless something goes drastically awry the three big economies will be USA-China-India. It will behoove us to have a 3rd carrier by then.

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Three carriers in joint exercises in Bay of Bengal

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/11/as...ses/index.html

Air craft carriers of the US Navy, the Indian Navy & Japan's Maritime Self Defense force participate in Malabar 2017 - joint exercise in Bay of Bengal. The Malabar Exercise has been held between India & USA since 1992 and has included Japan since 2015. This is the first time 3 carriers, one each from each country, will participate. The carriers participating are:-

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USN Nimitz; ~100,000 tonnes + displacement; 80 to 100 aircraft

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INS Vikramaditya; ~44,000 tonne displacement; 30 to 36 aircraft

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JS Izumo; ~27,000 tonnes; 20 to 28 aircraft

The first two ships readers of this thread are familiar with. The third is a helicopter carrier displacing 27,000 tonnes full load and capable of operating a 28 aircraft wing. While these are currently helicopters the wing could in the future include V/STOL aircraft too. JS Izumo is roughly the size of our old INS Viraat but much faster at 30 knots plus. She also has an extra deck to lift troops with their light and medium vehicles ie a limited amphibious assault capability.

Not getting into the political message on this thread. Given the changed global circumstances alignment with USA is inevitable and pragmatic. Japan has been a natural but till recently indifferent ally.
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A tale of three interesting Carrier designs and concepts -

1 - the Nimitz, nuclear powered behemoth with an air wing the size of the air force of some countries. 4 catapults which can simultaneously launch two aircraft at different vectors. Custom designed and made for 'power projection' and 'area control'. Travels with a flotilla of some fearsome destroyers, frigates and nuclear attack Subs (Los Angeles class?). The AEGIS equipped destroyers are the 'eyes'. Embarks some vintage aircraft)

2 - The VikAd - a missile cruiser converted to a carrier. A decently sized aircraft carrier, which was not custom made - space not optimally used but still manages to fit about a decent mix of attack aircraft and helicopters. Uses a Ski Jump ramp, which is again a decent compromise considering its role. Travels with some fearsome ships and a submarine (Kilo? Arihant? Chakra II?). The Destroyers and Frigates are the eyes. Made mainly for 'area denial' & support.

3 - The Izumo - a 'multi purpose' custom built carrier. Which can embark V/STOL aircrafts if required and available. Helicopter carrier which can deploy troops near shore (like an LSD). Basically it can be used for multiple roles. Area denial, troop support, etc) Travels with a small support contingent considering that the Japanese call it a self defence force.

Interestingly, these three are the templates of how carriers have evolved over the years, EMALS etc notwithstanding.
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The first two ships readers of this thread are familiar with. The third is a helicopter carrier displacing 27,000 tonnes full load and capable of operating a 28 aircraft wing. While these are currently helicopters the wing could in the future include V/STOL aircraft too. JS Izumo is roughly the size of our old INS Viraat but much faster at 30 knots plus. She also has an extra deck to lift troops with their light and medium vehicles ie a limited amphibious assault capability.

Not getting into the political message on this thread. Given the changed global circumstances alignment with USA is inevitable and pragmatic. Japan has been a natural but till recently indifferent ally.
Not many know that the HMS Hermes (That became the old mum Viraat) was converted from a light fleet carrier design of the Centaur class, into a helicopter & commando carrier, before being converted to a STOVL Harrier carrier with ski jump.

The INS Viraat with us, maintained this capability as a commando carrier and could also take along 2 proper landing crafts to unload these soldiers onto soldiers. Very unique combination.


The Nimitz as the name suggests, is the lead ship of the class. Named after Adm. Chester - Chetty - Nimitz, a hero of the pacific theater in WW2. I think after the USS Enterprise was decommissioned, Nimitz is the oldest active carrier of the USN. It would have been a better gesture if they had sent a newer one. Nimitz is basically now home ported in "home waters" doing secondary duties of sorts heading towards its decommissioning.

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An article, written by an American defence analyst, on the importance of Indian Navy in a full blown conventional war between India & (China + Pakistan).
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the...vs-china-20875

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1) Because of the Himalayas, land conflict is likely to be a draw, with no territory won or lost.

2) IAF is likely to be on the defensive on both fronts. Most PLAF air bases are too far away from major strategic Indian targets. Airbases in Tibet are useful for landing transport aircraft, but not for fighter aircraft operations because Tibetan plateau has average elevation of 8000 to 10000 feet. You can't take off with a full weapons/fuel load.

3) China can cause severe damage to Indian military infrastructure with a large scale conventional ballistic missile attack. PLA Rocket Force has 2000+ ballistic missiles and a dedicated force with 100,000 personnel.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People...y_Rocket_Force

India has no defense against such an attack, but China is unlikely to fire a barrage of missiles because they need those missiles for bigger goals (South China Sea, Taiwan, Japan, USA etc)

4) India has significant advantage over China when it comes to Naval battles. Indian Navy can effectively blockade the Indian Ocean, and Chinese Navy wouldn't be able to lift the blockade. 80% of China's fuel imports passes through the Indian Ocean.

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An article, written by an American defence analyst,
I sort of doubt the credibility of his research after noting that the main picture shows a French Mirage 2000 instead of an Indian one.

Also by his own description "I'm a freelance writer on defense and security issues in Asia."

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I sort of doubt the credibility of his research after noting that the main picture shows a French Mirage 2000 instead of an Indian one.
The article acknowledges that - "Image: French Air Force Mirage 2000D at Kandahar Airfield. Wikimedia Commons/SAC Tim Laurence/MOD"
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I.N.S.Vikrant at Malta, August 1961.

Her deck adorned with shiny Sea Hawks and Alizes too. Likely the return voyage, having just picked up new babies at Portsmouth and Hyeres respectively.

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Also a carrier remains the most versatile and flexible way of saying grrrr! without firing a shot - it gives diplomats the ability to grade their response. .
There is the undoubted fact that carriers still represent an excellent soft power projection method even when not used in anger. I mean one only has to look at the shiny Liaoning. It's in no way combat ready and is really being used to develop PLAN carrier skills but in the recent drills they've conducted, slick videos have been produced that undoubtedly show that the PLAN recognise the fact that to the lay person it will certainly come across as impressive. Furthermore you could see the objectively disastrous cruise of the Kuznetsov all the way to Syria for some token bombing runs as simply a case of President Putin wanting to show the world that with a carrier battle group of his own, Russia too is still in the geopolitical big boy club. That they lost two jets, billowed a trail of black smoke not seen since Dickens was writing his novels, and has to be permanently chaperoned by a tugboat to drag it when the Kuznetsov frequently breaks down will all be lost on Joe Bloggs.

Coming to India though, I've personally always felt that while India can't let it's long developed carrier skills atrophy, given the scope and nature of operations in the IOR, India should focus on making massive strides to improve it's rather tepid ASW capabilities. Additionally India needs to a potent sub surface fleet as that is the best way for India to achieve the same Anti-Access/Area Denial type approach that China itself uses in the SCS to India's own backyard in the IOR. India desperately needs a conventional AIP sub fleet to make up the numbers to keep an eye on not only Pakistan but the ever encroaching Chinese. For now it would be wise to keep a close eye on the Malabar Strait through increased focus on developing the Naval capabilities at the Andamans. Forward deploy P-8s to run continuous patrols, get as much bathymetric data as possible so that if need be the passageway can be choked. These are just some passing thoughts of course.
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