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Budgetary woes put India's supercarrier 'INS Vishal' on hold

INS Vishal stalled since 2017. UK media on Sunday reported Delhi approached London to build HMS Queen Elizabeth-like carrier

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INS Vikrant (pictured) will join the fleet of the Indian Navy by 2021. It is currently being completed at Cochin Shipyard

Ajai Shukla
Global shipbuilders and analysts were abuzz on Sunday after the British media reported that New Delhi had approached London to buy the detailed blueprints for the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. 

According to the “exclusive” report in Mirror, the plans will be used to build the Indian Navy’s second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2), which is called INS Vishal. 

In fact, INS Vishal has remained stalled since 2017, with India’s ministry of defence (MoD) declining to accord financial clearance. The MoD believes the coming years’ defence budgets cannot cater for the exorbitant cost of an aircraft carrier.

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First Published: May 06 2019 | 3:26 AM IST

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