- Oct 9, 2021
Bhai sahab , by Pacific fleet i meant all of the US Pacific fleet , not just a puny plane parking carrier .The USA did offer India an Aircraft carrier. But back in those timed India was not as important as it is today. So any country would have thought twice before giving an aircraft carrier with a nuclear reactor in it.
So the last option USA had was USS Kitty Hawk. And it was offered to India. But it was huge. At 85000 tons it was bigger that both the aircraft carriers India operated before. So it had 3 important issues.
So considering above issues. India gave up on USS Kitty Hawk. Because at the same time this ambitious nation had it's own plans of making its IAC -1 Now known as INS Vikrant.
- It was old and few years away from retirement. So it needed refurbishment. But no port India was big enough to homeport of such a giant.
- Experience in managing aircraft carrier of that size would harmed India's interests.
- If India would have purchased it, India would also have considered buying F/A 18 super hornet which was a part of MMRCA deal. So it would have undermined MMRCA deal's importance.
So now fast forward to today USA will no problem in offering anything but India doesn't need any Aircraft Carrier. We have already built our first. Second is in building phase and rest 2 are planned. So there is no need to buy one more from USA.
Fun Fact - IAC-1(INS Vikrant) was planned to be 25000 tons ended up in becoming 45000. And at it's best it can displace 60000-65000 tons. I wonder how big IAC-2 known as INS Vishal will be.
In my joke , sorry if I offended you