Friday, January 7, 2011
India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier will be ready in 2014
Defence minister A K Antony on Tuesday expressed the hope that the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, that is being constructed at the Cochin Shipyard Limited, would be ready for the final launch in 2014.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the foundation stone laying function for the National Institute for Research and Development of Defence Shipbuilding (NIRDESH), at nearby Chaliyam, said that the inspite of the presence of Navy's from nearly 18 countries including USA, Russia, France, Germany, England and India, the piracy in the Indian ocean had not come down.
'It is not possible to say that the Somalian pirates alone are behind these acts. There are certain forces that are helping these pirates', he opined.
However, 'it is not possible to pin-point who are the external forces', he said.
Antony said during his visit abroad, many countries have also expressed their doubt that 'some forces are behind these pirates'.
The indigenation policy, Defence procurement policy and Defence production policy are ready and would be announced very soon, Antony said.
Pointing out that Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which was considered only as a dream, would become a reality as the initial test operation of LCA will be done at Bangalore on January 10.
Indian Airforce had given orders for 40 LCA, Antony said.