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Even as as 2013 sea trials of India’s first first nuclear submarine INS Arihant were about to begin, we’d begun wondering about a nuclear-powered 65,000-tonne carrier in the future.These are expensive – they can take upwards of $10 billion to build. Even the Royal British Navy is reverting to carriers propelled by gas turbines/diesel-electric systems from nuclear ones. However, the US has 11 Nimitz-class “super-carriers” — each an over 94,000-tonne behemoth powered by two nuclear reactors and capable of carrying 80-90 fighters – to project power around the globe. China, too, is now looking at nuclear-powered carriers after inducting its first conventional carrier, the 65,000-tonne Liaoning. However, US is unwilling to offer help to India in nuclear propulsion technology for warship The Manohar Parrikar-led defence acquisitions council had sanctioned an initial Rs 30 crore as seed money for INS Vishal in May 2015. Since then, India has issued RFI (request for information) for design consultancy to several foreign shipyards. But it is felt nuclear propulsion will make better sense for greater operational endurance. For instance, the maximum range of India’s 44,500-tonne carrier INS Vikramaditya is around 7,000 nautical miles. Whereas, the range of an American Nimitz-class supercarrier – the US has 10 of them, all over 100,000 tonnes – is unlimited and it can operate for over 20 years without refueling due to nuclear propulsion. It will take at least 10-12 years to construct INS Vishal, which is critical towards the plan to build military capabilities to counter China’s expanding footprint in the Indian Ocean Region.” We are setting up the naval test flying team in INS Hansa to evaluate potential and future aircraft: to evaluate everything from aircraft to weapons,” Commodore Raghunath Nair, commanding officer of naval air station Hansa, said to Telegraph “The navy now has 240 aircraft but not enough infrastructure. We are finding an energetic response from the government to the plans.”

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In order for India to grow it's clout, it should go with 2 Vikrant class and two Vishal class. This way we can have both sides of Indian Ocean covered at all times. One in for repair the other ones can be patrolling the ocean.
 
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I think 2 nuclear catobar Carriers of around 60-70,000 tons will be crucial for maintaining dominance in Indian Ocean.

The third and 4th Carrier will of course be the current Vik and IAC -1 currently under fitment.

However, we need to dramatically increase our Air defence destroyers and submarines to ensure that the CBG is well stocked and the Carrier is protected & is able to carry out its task effectively.
 

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Even as as 2013 sea trials of India’s first first nuclear submarine INS Arihant were about to begin
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I think 2 nuclear catobar Carriers of around 60-70,000 tons will be crucial for maintaining dominance in Indian Ocean.

The third and 4th Carrier will of course be the current Vik and IAC -1 currently under fitment.

However, we need to dramatically increase our Air defence destroyers and submarines to ensure that the CBG is well stocked and the Carrier is protected & is able to carry out its task effectively.
Its true that kolkata doesn't hava much punch for air defence. We need to ivest on new class of destroyers.
 

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They have been freezing design for a decade now. Just start another couple of vikrant class 40k carriers while we freeze the design over another decade please.
 

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They have been freezing design for a decade now. Just start another couple of vikrant class 40k carriers while we freeze the design over another decade please.
Freezing for a decade? It is now really frozen or still freezing in progress?
 

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No the fact is completely unfounded. Although in future it could obtain Maitri as point defense . But still BARAK 8 is sufficient . Its current loadout is needed to be increased.

The IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-band AESA multi-function radar has capability of atleast guiding 24 missiles at one go to their targets . BARAK 8 has range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi) which clearly shows its ability to act as point defense against any stipulated threat
We need fleet air defense capabilities to the tune of 150 kms in our AAW Destroyers which sail with the CBG.
Barak 8 goes a long way in increasing our air defense capabilities but still falls short of what is needed.

@Penguin , your opinion on this?
 

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No the fact is completely unfounded. Although in future it could obtain Maitri as point defense . But still BARAK 8 is sufficient . Its current loadout is needed to be increased.

The IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STAR S-band AESA multi-function radar has capability of atleast guiding 24 missiles at one go to their targets . BARAK 8 has range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi) which clearly shows its ability to act as point defense against any stipulated threat
But it may not perform well against saturatin attack with mere 32 baracks.
 

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But BARAK 8 ER doesnt .It has been reported that an ER (extended range) variant of the Barak 8 is under development, which will see the missiles maximum range increased to 150 km. Designed to engage multiple beyond visual range threats, the low launch signature Barak-8ER is understood to retain the same autopilot/inertial navigation system and active radar seeker guidance as the Barak-8, although some modifications to the software and to the missile control surfaces are likely. The booster increases the length of the missile at launch from its current 4.5 m to nearly 6 m, although the length in flight after the booster has been jettisoned may be slightly less than the base Barak-8 missile, if a TVC is not present. The missile diameter and fin spans are thought to be the same as the base Barak-8. The booster weight is currently unknown, although the missile's weight after the booster has been jettisoned is the same as that for the current Barak-8 configuration.
Initial operational capability (IOC) for Barak-8ER will first be declared for the naval variant, followed by IOC for the land variant. The missile is expected to equip the Indian Navys future Visakhapatnam-class destroyers.
I was under the impression that the Barak 8 ER was designed to be a land based system, not a naval system.
 

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