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After watching Russia fleece India for sub par aircrafts carriers that belch smoke and then break down, long standing animus between former colonial master and indigenous country with chip on shoulder appear to have buried the hatchet. India appears to be considering our base of the QE II aircraft carriers.

Not only does Britain potentially have a sale for their largest design but India appears to have given up hope in the EMP launching system the Americans have yet to master in the new Ford Class carriers. New designs are nice but they had better work.

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BAE Systems says it has proposed a design based on the U.K. Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class to India to meet that country’s requirements for a second domestically-produced aircraft carrier.

The Indian government is hoping that, whatever the final design, construction of the future INS Vishal, the country’s first supercarrier, will begin in 2022. On Apr. 4, 2019, Australian Defence Magazine was first to report the developments after speaking with a representative from the U.K.-headquartered defense contractor at 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) trade show in Malaysia. This event ended on Mar. 30, 2019. India has been laying the groundwork for Vishal since at least 2011. The country's authorities sent formal letters of interest about possible carrier designs to BAE, as well as France’s DCNS, U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin, and Russia’s central arms exporter Rosoboronexport, in 2015.

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