Special to WorldTribune.com
An Indian Navy source has confirmed that the Indian government will launch its first ever indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier on Aug. 12.
If so, India would be the fifth country able to build its own carrier, after the United States, Russia, Great Britain and France. The question has been who would first join that list, India or China?
However, India’s carrier will be an incomplete, not-yet-sea-worthy vessel, missing some key components of an operational vessel such as the superstructure and weapons system.
East-Asia-Intel.com reported in its July 10 edition that China is building carriers of its own as well at shipyards in Shanghai or Guangdong and could make a surprise launch to upstage India.
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