Waste of resources. Fixed plane Carriers are too massive to defend and very limited in their use unless you are a superpower like usa with power projection all over the world.
The Japanese concept of small carriers with either vtol or helicopters is more suited in the Indian context. I don't see the utility of India operating aircraft carriers.
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