STOBAR Mechanism

STOBAR Mechanism for UPSC
  • STOBAR Mechanism short for short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery Mechanism.
  • It combines elements of vertical landing and short take-off.
  • It is a system used to launch and recover an aircraft from an aircraft carrier.


  • These systems are simpler to build as compared to that CATOBAR.
  • Also, it is less expensive.


  • The major limitation of STOBAR is that it works only with fighter aircraft that have a high thrust-to-weight ratio.
  • Some of the fighter jets with a high thrust-to-weight ratio are MiG-29K and Su-33.

Latest News

  • 02 September 2022: Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India’s first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which works on STOBAR Mechanism.


  1. All India Radio
  2. Indian Express

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