The carriers' landing decks were to be converted to allow a new version of the Joint Strike Fighter to be catapulted from the decks and caught by arrester wires
Due to the higher weights of the new (Sea Vampire) aircraft there was also a problem with arrester wires and the strength of barriers.
As the arrester wires were not repositioned, only touch and go landings could be made.
The ship will have two takeoff runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires
The Indian ship will operate twelve MiG-29 mixed role aircraft and half-a-dozen 'Helix' and, like the Admiral Kuznetsov, will feature an angled flight deck with arrester wires
to recover the fixed-wing aircraft.
On return to the Ark, her deck rising and falling by 60ft, his fuel practically run out, he missed the arrester wires
and only halted when his tailhook caught on the crash barrier, pulling him down, just missing the aircraft ahead.
However, after examining the two hit vehicles we found the surge arrester wires
had somehow come loose.
The deck itself is not fitted with arrester wires
to "catch" landing jets because the Sea Harrier is capable of landing vertically.