Liu Kui, a scholar from Chinese Naval Equipment Research Institute of People’s Liberation Army, explained and apparently praised Indian strategy of maintaining an aircraft carrier in its fleet since a long time.
Liu Kui wrote an article about the significance of Indian aircraft carriers in maintaining deterrence in the Indian Ocean. Although no large-scale warfare broke out in the IOR(Indian Ocean Region) in the past few decades but the Indian Navy is continuously growing in strength, the presence of an aircraft carrier especially deter other countries along the Indian Ocean from violating India’s marginal islands.
India is operating an aircraft carrier since a long time, India acquired it’s first aircraft carrier in 1961, INS Vikrant that served in Royal Navy as HMS Hercules after that commissioned in Indian Navy on 4th March 1961. After INS Vikrant, navy was operating INS Virat, another British vessel. After that, India bought INS Vikramaditya, a modified Russian cruiser which is now serving as the only carrier in Indian Navy.
Another aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC-1) will be completed by 2018 as expected by defence experts of India and will be in service by 2020.
On the other hand, China is quite late entrant, it developed it’s first aircraft carrier on a former Soviet Union ship which was launched in 2012 but it is still under trial, whereas one more aircraft carrier is in development and reports suggest that china is also developing it’s third aircraft carrier too, but it is unconfirmed.
The aircraft carriers will play important role in future conflicts and India seems ahead of China in this field, but we hope there will be peace between these two superpowers.