Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

Making Waves: Aiding India's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier

Ashley J. Tellis

April 2015

Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict


The United States and India have agreed to form a working group to explore the joint development of India’s next-generation aircraft carrier. While the Indian Navy has already begun design work, wide-ranging cooperation with the United States has enormous potential and offers India the opportunity to acquire the most capable warship possible. Such collaboration would increase the Indian Navy’s combat power and would resonate throughout the Asian continent to India’s strategic advantage. The most valuable U.S. contributions are likely to materialize in the fight, possibly in the move, and hopefully in the integrate functions.