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India, UK in talks to replicate HMS Queen Elizabeth 'supercarrier': Report

The design for UK aircraft carriers is owned by the British and French aerospace giants BAE and Thales

Press Trust of India  |  London 

HMS Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Wikipedia
HMS Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Wikipedia

The UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain's as part of the ongoing 'Make in India' negotations, according to a media report.

The talks are under way for the to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called "copycat supercarrier" to be named INS Vishal in 2022.

"An Indian delegation has already visited Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where was assembled and where a second supercarrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is now being built," the 'Sunday Mirror' reported.

"If a deal can be agreed, the new warship would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts," it claims.

The report notes that such a new Naval carrier would serve alongside India's 45,000-ton carrier INS Vikramaditya bought from Russia in 2004 and the future 40,000-ton INS Vikrant and could give India a larger carrier fleet than Britain.

"We have regular discussions with India on a range of equipment and capability issues. It would be inappropriate to comment further," UK Defence Minister said, declining to comment on the reports.

The design for UK aircraft carriers is owned by the British and French aerospace giants BAE and Thales.

"Discussion have begun with India. The design can be modified to meet and local industry requirements," a BAE spokesperson said.

The reported India-UK Naval deal would follow the sale of Britain's Falklands War carrier HMS Hermes to India in 1987, which was renamed INS Viraat and decommissioned two years ago.

First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 16:55 IST