UK is an American bitch and in that way they have 11 carriers. India has its needs and carrier even outdated is effective in our region against Pakistan and Chinese ships. When we do not have our industry that is capable and competent then less than optimal decisions is the natural consequence combined with corruption, leftist views, lethargy, no spirit to work in the iterests of country and so on. Outdated carrier in 71 was still useful and this is not as outdated as you think....not sure what you are comparing it against( Nimitz or Ford class?)India's entire carrier procurement framework has been irrational & nonsensical.
Buying outdated carriers at exorbitant prices, building local carriers in weird one-off class, and then dreaming of a 3rd carrier. I'm glad the CDS shot these ridiculous ideas down.
A P5 country with interests all over the globe like UK which has a habit of getting into expeditionary wars went without carriers for several years, why IN felt it important enough to pour such resources into a sub-par ship with a sub-par airwing like Vikramaditya is beyond me.
Russia is/was too desperate for money to dictate terms to anyone - but that doesn't stop them from making you think they can. That's negotiation 101. Other than India no one would be willing to pay Russia billions to buy a rustbucket & to keep Sevmash well-fed.
And at this point no one with an ounce of integrity can deny with a straight face that there was huge corruption in the whole Vikky affair. Shameful conduct by IN brass. It's clear the Russians had them by the [email protected]
Corruption built over nearly 1000 years is not going to go away in a decade, its a culture thing and because of that one can't just pack up and do yajna.....country still has to navigate through it.