India, UK in talks to build copycat Naval supercarrier: report

LONDON: The UK Is In Conversation With The Indian Government On Building A New Ultramodern Aircraft Carrier In The Style Of Great Britain ' S HMS Queen Elizabeth As Part Of The Ongoing ' Make In India ' Negotiations, According To A Report In The Media.

Discussions Are Underway To Purchase Detailed Plans For The 65,000-ton British Warship To Build A So-called" Copycat" . To Be Named INS Vishal In 2022.

An Indian Delegation Has Visited The Rosyth Shipyard In Scotland Where HMS Queen Elizabeth Was Assembled And Where A Second Supercarrier, HMS Prince Of Wales , Is Now Built, The ' Sunday Mirror ' Reported.

If A Deal Can Be Agreed Upon, The New Warship Would Be Built In India But UK Companies Could Supply Many Of The Parts, It Claims.

The Report Notes That Such A New Navy Ship Would Serve Alongside India ' S 45,000-ton Carrier INS Vikramaditya - Purchased From Russia In 2004 - And The Future 40,000-tonne INS Vikrant And Could Give India A Larger Carrier Fleet Than Britain.

We Have Regular Discussions With India On A Range Of Equipment And Capability Issues. It Would Be Inappropriate To Comment Further, UK Defense Minister Stuart Andrew Said Declaring To Comment On The Reports.

The Design For UK Aircraft Carriers Is Owned By The British And French Aerospace Agents BAE And Thales.

Discussion Has Started With India. The Design Can Be Modified To Meet The Requirements Of The Indian Navy And Local Industry, A Spokesperson For BAE Said.

The Reported India UK Naval Deal Would Follow The Sale Of Britain & F27's Falklands War Carrier HMS Hermes To India In 1987, Which Was Renamed INS Pirate And Decommissioned Two Years Ago.