Hi, You have extremely valid point that are important to the Indian Navy of 2030 to 2040. But these ships will be there till 2060. So in answer to you point... We do have a jet, Naval LCA which will be operational by the time these ships are ready. The LCA is the smallest carrier capable fighter in the world. Harriers are being retired. And they ship with modifications will be able to fit the fighters. The added capability works as a want not a need. A new plane does not need to be designed, the LHD needs to be redesigned. A 10 meter Hull section for the trap system will need to be added. An angled flight deck will need to be added and the aft elevator will need to be re-positioned from the aft to the port or starboard aft side. The lower deck at the aft will have to be raised with the flight deck. this will increase the fight deck to 230 meters, 240 with the added hull section. For INS Vikrant and Viraat/Hermes, both had angled flight decks added after the ship was constructed. This was done on the 1950's. INS Vikramaditya had a jump ramp and a 10 meter hull section added during its conversion. All of the above were done on completed ships not ships that have not yet been constructed, actually each and every carrier in the IN till date has had major structural modifications done to it. Design changes need to be made to the LHD before they are laid down. Operating the Jets will not reduce the capability of the ships as the Ships already have the aviation facilities for fighter as it is used as a carrier in the Spanish Navy. The Ship has a lower hanger/ Bay for vehicles and upper for Harriers and Helicopters. This is not about prestige but about deterrence. No nation will want to fight a country with 7 Carriers. Lose 3 carriers we still have 4 left to fight with . "Quantity has a Quality of it's own". This conversion into "Landing Aircraft Dock" will add even more capabilities to the Navy. And the F-35B, The squadron would cost more than 2 ships.