Refit of India’s Russian aircraft carrier delayed

The refit of the Indian Navy’s Russian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya has “dropped behind schedule due to extensive structural work”, Britain’s leading Jane’s Defence Weekly (JDW) reports.

According to JDW, Viktor Shestov, deputy director of the Sevmashpredpriyatiye shipyard in Severodvinsk in northern Russia that is refurbishing the 44,500-tonne Kiev-class carrier, declared that the delay was “linked to the fact that serious faults in some structures were revealed in the course of the final fault detection procedure”.

The Indian Navy, however, claimed it had received assurances from the Russian government that the conversion and commissioning would be completed on schedule in 2008, by which time India’s only carrier INS Viraat will be ready for retirement.

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2 Responses to “Refit of India’s Russian aircraft carrier delayed”

  1. ramanean Says:

    Oh ! waste of money for Government of India

  2. ramanean Says:

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