The design bureau is learnt to be favourably considering nuclear propulsion for INS Vishal and any future aircraft carrier built in India.
Indian Defence News
The Naval Design Bureau (NDB) is reportedly working towards designing this 65,000 tonne giant of an aircraft carrier codenamed IAC-II from which, if the EMALS CATOBAR system is installed, heavier aircrafts will be able to take off.
EMALS, on the other hand, will be more powerful and be able to launch different aircraft in moments with the flick of a switch.
Since the US has agreed to assist India in building INS Vishal, there is every possibility of this technology getting installed on the aircraft carrier.
But EMALS is just one side of the story. The other significant part is the use of nuclear power to run the ship.
Indian scientists have perfected the technology of low-enriched uranium while constructing the INS Arihant submarine.
Six SSN (nuclear-propelled but not nuclear-armed) submarines and more SSBN Arihant class vessels are also under different stages of construction. They will be larger, and with more powerful nuclear reactors.
India already has INS Vikramaditya but needs three aircraft carriers at all times. Carrier INS Viraat will be decommissioned next year.