Is it possible to make NLCA STOVL capable? Is the current engine capable of doing that or it requires a whole new one? I understand that there would be serious design changes required for this along with TVC, but if at all we can achieve this in a reasonable time frame, then it might be useful in realizing this strategy.
Philip wrote:This why I postulate that for the IN which cannot afford a USN style navy or supercarriers,puttign all its eggs into one supercarrier basket,should build all its major surface warships above 10/12k t with flat tops/flight decks to accommodate a variety of aircraft ,both fxd wing and STOVL and helos.Missiles can be accommodated flush-deck. The increase/dispersal of aviation assets in such manner will vastly increase the combat radius and defensive zone of warships and task forces and their survivability.Instead of possessing just 2-3 carriers, a dozen such flat tops will spread the responsibility of ops depending upon the nature of the threat,whether it requires a CBG, large task force or smaller flotilla to deal with the threat. SoKo and the Japanese are systematically building such ships which are in fact mini-carriers and will in the future definitely operate JSF-B multi-role fighters.