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Indian Navy keen to have third aircraft carrier

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The is keen to have a third aircraft carrier, while being in the process of inducting 56 warships and submarines to augment its maritime capabilities, said here on Monday.

The already has INS Vikramaditya in operation while another carrier , INS Vikrant is under construction in Kochi.

"The third (AC) is important because if we have three aircraft carriers, it will give us the capability to fight in the war at least with two at any given time. We are in discussion (with the government) and we have worked out the details. We will see a start in three years," Lanba said.

INS Vikrant, being built indigenously, is in its third and final phase of construction, he added.

Besides INS Vikrant, 32 ships and submarines are presently under construction at different Indian shipyards, he said.

These include Class Destroyers, P17A class stealth Frigates, P28 ASW Corvettes, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Scorpene class submarines.

"The has been at the forefront of self-reliance in defense production,' right since Independence," he said at the Indian Navy's annual press conference.

He also said that on the aviation front, a long-standing critical shortfall in the naval helicopter fleet has been finally addressed with the accord of (Acceptance of Necessity) for 111 utility helicopters in August this year and issue of LoR (Letter of Request) for 24 multi-role helicopters last month.

Lanba said that the induction of the new assets and capabilities are being progressed in consonance with the Indian Navy's long-term perspective plans.

He also touched upon the Indian Navy's thrust on supporting the Make-in-vision and apprised that since 2014, 82 per cent of AoNs on cost basis has been accorded to Indian vendors. Also during the same period, 72 per cent of the cost of contracts concluded is with Indian vendors.

The also stated that more than two-thirds of Navy's modernisation budget has been spent on indigenous procurement in the last four years. And that 60 per cent of the naval budget is earmarked for modernisation and capital expenditure.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:40 IST
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