In­dian Naval in­ter­est in E-MALS

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & In India -

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the gov­ern­ments of In­dia and the US have made “some progress”on the launch sys­tem for the In­dian Navy’s next car­rier (IAC II), specif­i­cally for the elec­tric pro­pelled lat­est elec­tro­mag­netic air­craft launch sys­tem (E-MALS). An 11 mem­ber US team led by Rear Ad­mi­ral Brian An­to­nio, Pro­gramme Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, air­craft car­ri­ers met his In­dian coun­ter­part Vice Ad­mi­ral D M Desh­pande, Con­troller War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion in Goa, wherein “the US was ready to power the E-MALS with in­te­grated elec­tric propul­sion rather than nu­clear power as the cost of lat­ter alone is over $ 1 bil­lion.” This will in­volve in­stal­la­tion of gi­ant ca­pac­i­tors for stor­age and dis­charge of power. IAC-II will be pow­ered by heavy fu­els in­stead of nu­clear re­ac­tors as the cost of the lat­ter amounts to a mas­sive Rs 2 lakh crore.

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