Indian Navy's long-term plan to have three aircraft carriers, says Admiral Karambir Singh; first IAC to be operation by 2022

  • Speaking at an annual press conference, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said that the Navy's long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers

  • He also said that the first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) will be fully operational by 2022 and will have MiG-29K aircraft

  • He also assured the nation that the Navy is fully prepared to deal with national security challenges while stating that India is playing a stabilising role in the Indo-Pacific region.

New Delhi: The Navy's long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said on Tuesday and added that the first indigenous aircraft carrier will be fully operational by 2022.

Admiral Singh, speaking at an annual press conference, also assured the nation that the Navy is fully prepared to deal with national security challenges.

 Indian Navys long-term plan to have three aircraft carriers, says Admiral Karambir Singh; first IAC to be operation by 2022

File image of Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh. Twitter@IndianNavy

The Navy's long-term plan is to have three aircraft carriers, he said.

The Navy chief also said the first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) will be fully operational by 2022 and will have MiG-29K aircraft.

The Navy's annual budget allocation has come down from 18 percent to 13 percent in the last five years, he noted.

On the challenges in the neighbourhood, he said no action of any other player in the region should impact us.

"We are ready to work with like-minded nations in the region," he said.

Seven to eight Chinese ships are usually present in the Indian Ocean region, Admiral Singh noted.

The Navy chief also said India is playing a stabilising role in the Indo-Pacific region.

Asked about the massive expansion of the Chinese Navy, he said they are moving at the pace they are capable of and "we are moving at the place we are capable of".

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2019 13:35:24 IST