INS Vikramaditya Carrier Is 85% Ready

AVIATION WEEK

The Indian navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya is nearing completion at Russia’s Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. Vice Admiral Nadel Niradjan Kumar, chief manager of production and purchase of warships for the Indian navy who inspected Sevmash this week, says the ship is 85% ready and will be handed over to the navy in December 2012.

The navy, meanwhile, is already training a crew for the carrier. The first Indian seamen, 23 electricians and 19 internal communications technicians, out of the 152-man group being trained in Severodvinsk at the moment, completed their 6-month practical training in mid-September, Sevmash reported.

The second batch of 112 crewmen is now studying at the Naval Academy in St. Petersburg and will arrive in Sevmash in early November. By the end of 2012, over 1,000 Indian seamen and officers from Vikramaditya will be trained in Russia, according to Servmash.

The 44,500-ton Kiev-class Vikramaditya (ex-Russian Admiral Gorshkov) has been under repairs and modernization at Sevmash for the Indian navy since 2004. The refurbishment included removal of all the weaponry from the ship’s foredeck, which was extended and received a ski-jump for MiG-29K Stobar aircraft operations. Initially Vikramaditya was to be delivered to the Indian navy in 2008, but after the Russian and Indian sides settled a dispute in March 2010 over the increase of the modernization price from $800 million to $2.3 billion, the new delivery date was set for 2012.

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