(From The National Interest)
India’s Navy has outlined some of the specifications for a second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) in a letter of request to global shipbuilders.
According to several Indian newspapers, last week India’s Navy sent out a Letter of Request (LoR) to four global shipbuilding companies asking for help in designing India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier.
The LoR specifies that India would like to build a 300-meter long aircraft carrier that displaces 65,000 tons. The Navy also said that the ship should be able to travel at 30 knots.
In addition, the LoR says that the aircraft carrier will carry 30-35 fixed wing combat aircraft and about 20 rotary wing aircraft.
In contrast to India’s existing aircraft carriers, which utilize ski-jump launch systems, the LoR for IAC-2 says the ship will have a catapult launched but arrested landing (CATOBAR) system.
It did hold out the possibility that the new aircraft carrier would ultimately utilize an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS). Currently, only the United States’ latest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, uses EMALS to launch fixed-wing aircraft. Read more
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