On 11 Jan 2020, a prototype of the naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘trapped’ on the Indian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea. Hailed as a major milestone, the Indian Navy has declared, ‘With this feat, the indigenously developed niche technologies specific to deck based fighter operations have been proven, which will now pave the way to develop and manufacture the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter for the Indian Navy.’ See: HISTORY: India’s LCA Makes 1st Landing On Aircraft Carrier Deckcatchall thread for Indian Navy issues
The Indian navy isn't happy with the maintenance issues they've encountered with the MIG 29K or Russia's response to those issues. They want a new carrier aircraft.Doesn’t the Indian navy already operate 45 Mig 29K/KUBs? The last of the Mig 29s were ordered in 2010. Why would the Indians want yet another type in naval service?
Each STOBAR aircraft carrier operated by the Indian Navy can take about 20 fighters and the lack of reliability for the Mig-29K fleet is not a show stopper yet for Indian naval aviation. It will be a more serious issue due to naval fighter shortage once India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant is complete. The pre-commissioning unit, INS Vikrant is currently under phase three which involves setting to work of machinery and other equipment and it is likely to be commissioned as a 260m-long and 60m-wide STOBAR carrier between 2021 to 2022. See: Indian Navy’s first indigenous carrier Vikrant under phase III constructionThe Indian navy isn't happy with the maintenance issues they've encountered with the MIG 29K or Russia's response to those issues. They want a new carrier aircraft.
Indian Navy wants Russian MiG-29K jets to be ‘ruggedized’
How mature is the STOBAR-version design of the F-18? The INS Vikrant is planned to enter operation in end 2021-2022, and it takes normally several years to design, test and certify large modifications.... also if the Indian Navy will become the only costumer of this version, it will be unattractive for the manufacturer.India's indigenous aircraft carrier 1 (IAC 1) INS Vikrant successfully passed basin trials today at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. According to official Indian MoD sources, the sea trials of the aircraft carrier are expected to start in early 2021.www.navalnews.com
5 years after launch, and only begin basin trial and not sea trials yet. No wonder Chinese Ten Cents army rediculle Indian Carrier program in most Defense thread out there.
Wondering though if Indian Navy will stick with Mig 29K. Seems I see pictures of Boeing shown Shornet capabilities for Stobar in front off Indian delegates.
I may be wrong, but aren't the Indian's building a CATOBAR carrier as well? I thought that they were very interested in the USN EMALS system.How mature is the STOBAR-version design of the F-18? The INS Vikrant is planned to enter operation in end 2021-2022, and it takes normally several years to design, test and certify large modifications.... also if the Indian Navy will become the only costumer of this version, it will be unattractive for the manufacturer.
The Indians are actually planning for two aircraft carriers from own design, the first one will be INS Vikrant (the STOBAR one) and the second vessel INS Vishal, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 2 (IAC-2). The second one will be significantly larger with many differences from the first one, with the most important one that it will be a CATOBAR-carrier.I may be wrong, but aren't the Indian's building a CATOBAR carrier as well? I thought that they were very interested in the USN EMALS system.
So actually the most practical would be more MiG-29K for the STOBAR carrier (IAC-1) and the Rafale M for the CATOBAR (IAC-2) one.The Boeing fighter jet is vying for an Indian Navy contract and that service only has aircraft carriers with ski jumps at present.www.thedrive.com
This's one of the articles that talk on India interest for Shornet also related to potential of finding Aircraft that can work both in STOBAR and CATOBAR.
Basically Mig 29K is build for STOBAR as Super Hornet build for CATOBAR. What Boeing want to shown is the application of Shornet in STOBAR environment too. If India next carrier will be CATOBAR, then it's going to be difficult for Mig 29K to catch up. Considering Russia has so far shown no development toward catapult launch system. Thus I think it will be difficult for Russia to develop their Fighter toward catapult launch application, as they don't have facilities on that.
Seems SAAB effort to build Navalised Gripen also aim for STOBAR (forgot the article that shown SAAB Navalised concept). They will also I believe will found challenge to provide Navalised Gripen than can work in both STOBAR and CATOBAR environment.
All this's due to specialise facilities of CATOBAR testing. I don't think US will open their facilities for MIG and SAAB to develop CATOBAR capabilities. Unless they can work with China or French. Long shot on that considering French also working on the similar deal for Navalised Rafale.
You're correct, Rafale C that's already in India service. Rafale M still in contention just like Shornet to replace/complement Mig-29K within India Navy. Both of them seems using similar strategy on showing their plane are the ones that capable for Both STOBAR and CATOBAR. Something that other contenders did not have the capabilities yet.thought Indian Rafales are the land-based Rafale C. They're operated by the air force.
Rafale M still not in the service, but with Rafale C already in service clearly it provides advantages on logistical sides. Compared new type of Aircraft like Shornet or Navalised Gripen.actually the most practical would be more MiG-29K for the STOBAR carrier (IAC-1) and the Rafale M for the CATOBAR (IAC-2) one.
Janes talks about Mk IV and Mk VI LCUs, seems that the Mk.VI is a very new type of Indian-made LCUs, i can not find it on internet, but looking to the photo i think it is a Shardul-class LST.The Indian Armed Forces’ Andaman and Nicobar Command has held a demonstration of its amphibious assault capabilities, including with a new landing craft type that has been built specifically for the formation.