It isn't a rosy picture as some may have expected. The US can bring all it's technical expertise and experience but there would be cultural obstacles to surmount in the partnership. Still you have to start somewhere I guess. US team alarmed at technical flaws as it helps construction of Indian aircraft carrier
US team alarmed at technical flaws as it helps construction of Indian aircraft carrier
The Indian indigenous carrier construction was launched in 2011 at the Cochin shipyard. The hull was launched in 2013 and the ship was expected to be combat ready by 2018. However, a recent assessment made by #US Navy technical team which is assisting the construction of the carrier has sent alarm signals to the Pentagon. From the state of affairs the team has concluded that the aircraft carrier may not be ready for another 10 years. This is cause for alarm as the aircraft carrier was to be part of the strategic relationship and a counter to China...
An inspection by the US team has revealed glaring technical flaws in the construction of the warship. Firstly the warship is being made at the Cochin shipyard which has never constructed a warship earlier. The project which has already cost the government of India $ 3 billion is 5 years behind schedule. and the navy which is sticking to the 2018 deadline is unlikely to have the aircraft carrier ready by that date...
Apart from the shoddy workmanship the US team is alarmed that the weapon systems for the carrier are nowhere ready. Many of the proposed systems for assault may never fit into the carrier as the hull was made before the navy thought of the weapon systems onboard.