Aditya G wrote:MiG-29K availability issues aside, it is an in-service aircraft whose net availability can be boosted by acquiring more of the same type.
If IN wants to operate 3 carriers then the best bet would be to acquire 2 more squadrons of Fulcrums and 1 more Vikrant carrier.
NLCA may come along in the meantime and may see service for limited but crucial roles such as air defence and carrier qualification of pilots. Naval air power will also be exercised by shore based MRAs and shipborne choppers.
I believe this is the most viable path to a full complement air wing at sea.
While still keeping focus on the next iteration of the NLCA.
Shouldn't be too hard to do this, especially when the IN may be willing to fund such development.