The Chinese Navy continues to increase its aircraft carrier capabilities – another aircraft carrier will soon be added to the two aircraft carrier ships in use. Over the course of nine years, Chinese ships have shattered the balance of power in the region, pushing over India with its 60-year history of carrier-based aircraft. Will the Vikrant aircraft carrier return India’s regional supremacy?
The first Indian-made aircraft carrier is already in sea trials while she finished basin trials in December 2020. INS Vikrant will become the second Indian aircraft carrier, strengthening the capabilities of the Russian-built Vikramaditya. These two ships will face the growing Chinese fleet.
India began operating aircraft carriers in 1961 using aging British ships. Against this background, China, which received its first aircraft carrier in 2012, looks like an insufficiently experienced player. Nevertheless, the Chinese fleet already has two aircraft carriers, and the project 003 ship under construction and it will be bigger and stronger.