The Indian Navy is making significant strides towards self-reliance in defense technology by planning to equip its second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-II) with locally manufactured arresting gears and braking machines. Previously, these critical components were imported from Russia for the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.
The IAC-II project is a crucial element of India's naval modernization efforts, aimed at strengthening the nation's maritime capabilities. As part of this initiative, the Indian Navy has identified the need for three sets of arresting gears and braking machines for the IAC-II aircraft carrier, which is scheduled for development and certification by 2026-27.
Before deployment on the IAC-II, these locally produced systems will undergo rigorous testing and certification at the Indian Navy's shore-based test facility (SBTF) located at INS Hansa in Goa.
By reducing reliance on external suppliers and embracing domestic production, India is not only achieving greater self-sufficiency but also contributing to its long-term defense preparedness. This strategic shift toward indigenous manufacturing represents a significant step forward in securing India's maritime interests and reinforcing its position as a regional naval power.