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Indian carrier Vikramaditya arrives from Russia
January 9, 2014, 6:19 am

The Vikramaditya has been requipped to carry Mig-29K fighter jets [Image Courtesy: Indian Navy]

The Vikramaditya has been requipped to carry Mig-29K fighter jets [Image Courtesy: Indian Navy]

A refitted $2.3 billion aircraft carrier the INS Vikramaditya has finally reached India after being refurbished in Russia, underlining the close defence ties between Moscow and New Delhi.

The former Soviet aircraft carrier was known as the Admiral Gorshkov. The Vikramaditya has been requipped to carry Mig-29K fighter jets. It can now carry up to 30 aircrafts and will have a crew of around 2,000.

The Vikramaditya arrived at a naval base in Kanwar in the southern Indian state of Karnataka according to local Indian media reports on Wednesday.

The aircraft carrier was handed over to the Indian navy on November 16 at the Semvash shipbuilder and departed from Russia on November 26. The process of Vikramaditya’s official commissioning will take between three and four months.

A team of Russian specialists arrived onboard the ship and will stay in India for a year to fix any possible glitches if needed.

The Vikramaditya is to become India’s second aircraft carrier. A British carrier, the INS Viraat, is in operation but is reaching the end of its service.

India buys about 60 per cent of its arms needs from Russia. India had unveiled its first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in mid-August of 2013.

China had earlier slammed attempts to provoke tension between India and China by “groundless” reports about an arms race in Asia.

“It is groundless and shows a lack of good will to use weapons equipment as a pretext to drive a wedge between China and India,” said China’s Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun in August.

He was responding to a question about media reports alleging the INS Vikrant is an attempt to target China.


TBP and Agencies

One Response to Indian carrier Vikramaditya arrives from Russia

  1. emilymainzer Reply

    July 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    India’s INS vikramaditya is really a powerful gem for Indian Navy, was really felt happy when it was included into the navy in Jan’14. Indians must be proud of INS Vikramaditya which is equipped with 234 new hull sections constructed using 2,500t of steel. It has an overall length of 284m, a maximum beam of 60m, height of about 60m and a displacement of 44,500t. Go Indian Navy Go … I hope Indian Navy will get more these kind of Aircraft carriers in coming Future ….

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