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INS Vikrant News and Discussion

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Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Postby Aditya G » 21 Mar 2017 02:43

2 must read pieces by Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan

http://www.defstrat.com/current-issues/ ... wer-part-1

Issues Details:
Vol 10 Issue 6 Jan - Feb 2017
Page No.:
30
Sub Title:
An analysis of carrier borne airpower versus shore based assets
Author:
Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM **, VSM, IN (Retd)
Monday, February 6, 2017

http://www.defstrat.com/current-issues/ ... cbg-combat

Issues Details:
Vol 11 Issue 1 Mar - Apr 2017
Page No.:
40
Sub Title:
An enriching exposition of operations against a CBG post detection
Author:
Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM**, VSM, IN (Retd)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Postby Aditya G » 21 Mar 2017 03:15

^ there are several quoteworthy elements from the article. One of these:

Irrespective of the launch-platform, the threat of the anti-ship cruise missile has been greatly diminished by the anti-missile capability provided by the Barak in its standard as well as extended-range variants. Today, there is a palpable sense of confidence that every ship of the CBG (including the aircraft-carrier itself) has the proven ability to ‘take-on’ a first-launch of an incoming anti-ship sea-skimming missile by the enemy and to thereafter ‘take-out’ the launch-platform (whether surface, sub-surface or airborne) using aircraft or BrahMos or other surface-to-surface missiles. This sense of self-assurance and the resultant rise in Fleet morale is no small thing and has contributed significantly to a resurgence of bold and imaginative operational planning.


This snippet explains why the importance of Project-15 Alphas and Bravos.

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Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 21 Mar 2017 11:50

Apart from the negotiating maze,etc.the cost factor must be understood.An F-35B costs upwards of $125M.Add to that the establishment costs,weaponry,etc. and you have a fig. of around $150M /unit at least. The entire 70K t carrier with aircraft,AEW birds,helos,etc. will cost upwards of $15B.Unaffordable. This is why MP poured cold water on the ambitious large CV for the IN.It consumes too much of the budget,will beggar the IN which needs as a greater priority,subs,ASW helos,utility helos and surface warships. For the moment,with the IN on the cusp of possessing 2 carriers post 2020,our land-based LRMP aircraft (TU-142 Bears and P-8Is,armed with BMos,air-launched Klub and Harpoon ASMs) can take out any intruding enemy CBGs in the IOR.China will possess that capability ,of sending aa CBG into the IOR regularly only around 2025 when it posses 3 carriers.

A smaller slightly larger sister ship of the new Vikrant with Rafale-Ms ,since the IAF is also getting the Rafale,will be more affordable,easier to maintain and support,but even this requirement comes only after the other prioritiies. Subs,helos are urgently needed along with surface combatants,MCM vessels,coastal ASW corvettes,auxiliaries like extra fleet tankers,ASW/MRP aircraft,etc. Pak' and PLAN subs are the greatest threat to the IN and our ports and bases around our huge coastline. We must be prepared for mining of the approaches which the Ghazi attempted. The Pakis are predictable enemies. They will have 12 subs by the middle of the next decade,all AIP subs,and will be able to conduct offensive patrols off both our seaboards. The PLAN will send in their N-subs to add to the pot.

There is another key factor,time. We cannot build our CVs at the rate of IAC-1,taking around 190 years before the vessel arrives. A second Vikrant class carrier should not take more than 5-6 years to build and it should arrive by around 2025. The IN hopes to have the Vikrant by 2018,but the CAG says around 2023. We will have to wait and see.


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