Indian Navy is facing a problem to bring electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) Aircraft nuclear-powered supercarrier Gerald ford at par-five years of operations, on which questions are raised on how PLANS will operate EMALS aircraft steam-powered Fujian. On 25th June, India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Karwar proceeded to the port anchorage after attacking its steam turbine engines.
There is an expectation that the aircraft carrier will sail into the high sea for a series of trials and tests before MiG-29k fighters are landed onboard the floating airfield. India’s second aircraft carrier INS Vikrant commissioned by prime minister Narendra Modi.
INS Vikramaditya comes out refit days after the Chinese third aircraft carrier Fujian was launched from Jiangnan shipyard and is being fitted out. The steam-powered 80,000-ton aircraft carrier is said to rival the 100,000-ton nuclear.
The USS Gerald ford super aircraft carrier was commissioned in 2017.
While Fujian is touted to take over on the US military power in the upcoming decade in the Indo-pacific region, serving Indian navy admirals are posing few fit out a basic query on the practice of the Chinese carrier, which is called to be with the state of the art electromagnetic aircraft launched system (EMALS) and advanced arresting gear (AAG) technology.
Currently, only the USS Gerald Ford is equipped with this advanced technology, which allows for faster take-offs and landings of fighter aircraft on board the carrier.
The Indian navy war planners were shocked and wanted to know if china was going to operate EMALS on steam power when the technology system is performing sub-power with frequent breakdowns and is unreliable . one must learn that the USS Gerald Ford is a nuclear–powered container. At the same time, the Fujian, like INS Vikramaditya, is a steam-powered warship with more energy reserve at its command.
The problem of supercarrier Gerald ford was scaling relatively new technology to handle the required weights and power. On the power front, EMALS is designed to deliver up to 60 megajoules of electricity and 60 MW at its peak in the 3 seconds it grabs to launch a navy aircraft. This amount of power could handle about 12,000 homes.
Although china’s client states, including Pakistan, are thumping their chests with the People Liberation Army’s Navy now having three aircraft carriers on the sea at various stages. Development, the US navy, despite hundred years of experience in carrier operations, is still struggling with new technologies on board the USS Gerad ford.
India had been operating aircraft carriers only in 2012. Unlike warriors taking off from airbases on land, naval aviation is a senior skill due to pilots getting disoriented in blue skies above and endless water on the high ocean. Landing in turbulent conditions on a carrier requires excellent skills and maneuvering.
With Indo- pacific out to be the new feature of confrontation between a rapidly rising China and the united states of America, aircraft carriers like Fujian will be the new theatre of confrontation between a rapidly rising dragon, and the US aircraft carriers like Fujian will be put to the test by the American Navy with Japanese Navy. In this context, the Indian Navy will also have to play its part in the Indian ocean.
Furthermore, the Pacific is only a matter of time before the Chinese carrier task forces enter the Indian ocean as a part of their sea deterrence deployments.