BOOSTING INDIA'S NAVAL AVIATION
Geopolitics|August 2023
A powerful Indian naval air arm will prove to be the biggest sea-based conventional-level deterrence, both for the tactical and strategic battlefields
BOOSTING INDIA'S NAVAL AVIATION

The last three-quarters of the 20th century were transformational times for naval warfare as traditional maritime strike capabilities of nations were further boosted with offensive air power. The second world war witnessed massive aerial bombing operations being launched by Allied and Axis nations from their respective naval platforms and remote bases. The concept of aircraft-carrier ships and carrier-borne strike aircraft took concrete shape during the war which permanently changed the way wars are fought over longer ranges in the strategic level battlefield. With the beginning of the cold war between the two superpowers in 1945, the world was largely divided into two camps with both the military blocs deploying large numbers of aircraft carrier ships and warships armed with supersonic turbofan-powered strike aircraft, helicopters and cruise missiles, away from home bases. The advent of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers further augmented the ranges of nations’ offensive capabilities as the combat assets could be mobilised tens of thousands of kilometres away into the high seas near hostile territories, thus increasing the strike envelope.

Significance of a carrier-borne fleet

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