Akshay Kapoor wrote:Brar 100 pct correct. When you don’t have minesweepers and ASW Helis and subs and a 1.6 pct GDP defence budget it is silly to think of additional carriers.
We need atleast 3.5 pct of GDP defence budget first. Let’s talk about carriers later.
Not necessarily disagreeing with the need for prioritizing MCVs, ASW helos and requirements for the IA and IAF. But I am arguing for a plan to put the third carrier on the roadmap. The massive lead time means that if we 15 years for our budget to be big enough then it will be another 15 years on top of that for a carrier to be built and commissioned. You are talking about decades.
Far better to have a plan now, even if we need to supplement the budget, so that 15 years down the road when defense spending is up we will have a carrier that is ready.
When we bought our first carrier, the first Vikrant, in 1957 our budget situation as a new nation was FAR less favorable than what we have today — the FASTEST growing major economy in the world.
Yet, we perservered with a carrier force back then and created a tradition, a service that is the mark of a great power. The greatest carrier corps outside the West. The foresight and vision of those founding fathers of the IN were grand and ambitious.
Now here we are, on the edge of greatness with a booming economy and in competition with another great power, we are ready to abandon our lead in carrier aviation for want of mere cash.