As part of the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative, which is aimed at achieving self-reliance and boosting domestic manufacturing, special attention is being given to the “Make in India” program by the Indian Navy. In this regard, the Indian Navy has sent a crucial proposal to the government for the construction and acquisition of a second indigenous aircraft carrier, known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-2 (IAC-2).
Defense officials have revealed that the Ministry of Defence has received a proposal for the construction and acquisition of the second indigenous aircraft carrier, to be named Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-2 (IAC-2). The officials explained that the Ministry of Defence will soon deliberate on the proposal, which is one of the largest programs within the framework of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India) initiative, aimed at enhancing domestic defense production capabilities.
If approved, the IAC-2 program will create thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities through Kochi Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Kerala. It is noteworthy that the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, was commissioned in Kochi in September last year. The carrier, manufactured by CSL, received widespread acclaim for its quality and technological advancements.
Officials further informed that the Indian Navy aims to have at least three aircraft carriers deployed, ensuring that there is at least one aircraft carrier stationed along each coastline. Having three aircraft carriers would also enable the Indian Navy to maintain connectivity and coordination among all naval assets deployed in the Indian Ocean region.
Additionally, the Indian Navy is set to acquire 26 new Rafale fighter aircraft for INS Vikrant and is considering the purchase of indigenous Twin Engine Deck-Based Fighter (TEDBF) aircraft, which is expected to be produced in significant numbers for deployment on multiple carriers.