- India may soon have a Naval supercarrier on the lines of UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth.
- India will build the Naval supercarrier under the Make in India programme.
- The aircraft carrier will be named INS Vishal.
- India and UK are negotiating the deal for transfer of technology under the Make in India programme.
In brief: Aircraft carriers of India
- INS Vikrant
- 1st aircraft carrier of India
- It was decommissioned in 1997 after serving for 37 years.
- INS Viraat
- 2nd and the longest serving aircraft carrier of India.
- It was recently decommissioned in 2017 after serving for 56 years. (26 years as HMS Hermes and 30 as INS Vikrant)
- INS Vikramaditya
- India and Russia signed $1.5 billion for the acquisition the warship INS Vikramaditya inducted to the Indian Navy in 2013.
- INS Vikramaditya is the only aircraft carrier of Indian Navy in operation.
- INS Vikrant (IAC-1)
- India’s 1st Indigenous Aircraft Carrier is set to be inducted to Indian Navy by 2020.
- INS Vishal
- The 65000 tonne, INS Vishal on the lines of HMS Elizabeth will be built by India.
- The design of the ‘copycat’ warship will be provided by aerospace giants BAE and Thales under the Make in India programme.
Note: The names of aircraft carriers are important for Prelims Exam