Kanson wrote:Mig-29k and N-lca might be only for IAC-1 and Gorky.
Chances are that IAC-2 could be based on a foreign design like CVF QE modified enough to accomodate India requirements and it will be nuclear powered. Expected tonnage of displacement could be ~ 80,000 ton. It could be the next biggest thing after american super carriers. There will be two more of this class making it to a total of 5.
I doubt the 80,000 tonnes carrier design for the IAC-2. It is more likely, as you've pointed out, going to be in line with Queen Elizabeth Class design (at around 65,000 tonnes with 40 air complement).
IMO, given the similar budget of IN and the RN (over the next decade), IN will more likely resemble RN in its force structure by 2020/25 time frame before expanding beyond.
So looking at RN's Future Navy Vision
, we can get an idea of where IN could be in the "Maritime Force Projection", "Maritime Security" and "Maritime Manoeuvre" concepts. The QE CVF is built around the concept of Force Projection with Carrier Strike capability
(Joint Force Air Group (JFAG) - a combination of the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) and the Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control (MASC) system) .
By 2020/25, IN force structure would probably look similar to this:Maritime Force Projection
- (similar composition to RN's Fleet
3 CVF - Vikramaditya (P1143), IAC-1, IAC-2
10 DDG - 3 P15, 3 P15A, 4 P15B
16 FFG - 3 Krivak III, 3 Krivak III mod, 3 P17, 7 P17A
8 corvette - 4 P28, 4 P28A
5 LST - 2 Magar , 3 Shardul
Total: 42 ships
12 SSK - 6 Scorpene, 6 P75A
3 SSN/SSBN - 3 ATV
1 SSN - Akula
Total: 16 submarinesAdditional Need:
(for planned 10,000 Indian Marines)
1-2 Assault Ship
1-2 Landing Platform Dock (LPD)
3 SSBNMaritime Manoeuvre
- to enable sustained force projection beyond IOR (similar composition to Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet
4 Replenishment/Tankers - Joythi, Aditya, 2 Fleet TankerAdditional Need:
4 Support Tankers
Plus, IN and CG will have various lightly armed ships for Maritime Security duties in the IOR.