India unveils home-built aircraft carrier (Update)

Aug 12, 2013
The Indian aircraft carrier is docked at a shipyard after its launch in Kochi, India, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence. (AP Photo)

India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence.

Defense Minister A.K. Antony said Monday that India needs a strong navy to defend itself, and that it will press ahead with developing its maritime capabilities.

India joins the U.S., Russia, France and Britain in building its own carrier. The carrier was launched at the Kochi shipyard in southern Kerala state, but it still needs to be outfitted and extensive trials held before it is inducted into the Indian navy in 2018.

India has steadily built up its naval capabilities in recent years, spurred by its rivalry with neighboring China.

People look at Indian aircraft carrier 'Vikrant' as it stands anchored at a shipyard after its launch in Kochi, India, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence. (AP Photo)

On Saturday, India activated an atomic reactor for an indigenously built nuclear submarine.

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BSD
1.7 / 5 (6) Aug 12, 2013
I know this sounds boring, but shouldn't India be investing in working sanitary network to improve the health and conditions for it's massive population? Their government wants all these high tech toys but not necessary infrastructure for it to become a developed country.
Mauricio
1 / 5 (2) Aug 12, 2013
BSD, anyone can say the same about ANY country building weapons. NONE has a country of wealthy, educated, healthy people. Weapons are build for the upper class games of life taking, or as a reaction of another "leader" building more weapons. Weapons are never build to demonstrate that a country reached a superb level of social development.