Car­rier-Borne Fight­ers as of To­day

Car­rier-borne air­craft have come a long way in re­spect of ca­pa­bil­ity to project air power leading to a par­a­digm shift in the mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity of a na­tion

SP's Aviation - - Table of Contents - By AIR MAR­SHAL B.K. PANDEY (RETD)

In the last over a decade and a half, the fo­cus in In­dia in re­spect of in­duc­tion of com­bat plat­forms has been on the ac­qui­si­tion in fairly large num­bers, of mod­ern fourth-gen­er­a­tion fighter air­craft for the In­dian Air Force (IAF). How­ever, in the begin­ning of last year, with the In­dian Navy ini­ti­at­ing a Re­quest for In­for­ma­tion (RFI) for 57 air­craft to equip its new in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier INS Vikrant that is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Cochin Ship­yard Limited, in­ter­est in carrierborne air­craft has been reignited both in the mil­i­tary avi­a­tion com­mu­nity as well as in the global aero­space and de­fence mar­ket that is fo­cused on this seg­ment of the in­dus­try. This sud­den in­ter­est in the In­dian mar­ket has been fu­elled by the fact that the In­dian Navy has re­jected the naval ver­sion of the light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas Mk I and has of­fered no clar­ity on its po­si­tion vis-à-vis the naval ver­sion of the LCA Te­jas Mk II. This plat­form is yet to be de­vel­oped and the time frame in which it is ex­pected to be avail­able is quite uncertain. In the mean­time, the new in­dige­nous air­craft car­rier is


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