- Sep 24, 2016
There will be no such savings. Govt doesn't work like that.How about giving up on IAC-2 construction for next 10 years but committing to it financially, save $1B/yr for it & keep refining the design on paper (for UCAVs etc). With $11-12B in the pocket in 2032 and economy in a much better shape go for a 100K EMAL'd nuke super carrier starting build in 2030s ready for service in the 2050s. A 10 year delay is nothing in the life of an asset that will last 50-60 years. By then TEDBF would have been flying for 20 years and would have gone through some iterations & perhaps a CATOBAR modification will be available.
Transposing ourselves to 2050s is it better to have Vikramaditya+Vikrant+70K ton steam conventional CATOBAR Vishal (trio available from 2040s) or Vikramaditya+Vikrant+100K ton nuke EMALs CATOBAR Vishal (only from 2050s, with just two carriers in 2030s & 2040s)?