Vikramaditya Mooring Trials Early 2011, Indian Review Team Notes More Slippages

The photograph above shows Vice Admiral NN Kumar, the Indian Navy's Controller Warship Production & Acquisition, at the Sevmash shipyard last month (leading the Indian Review Team), getting a guided tour of the Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov). The refurbished STOBAR aircraft carrier faces mooring trials in less than six months.

Vice Admiral Kumar's team of observers did, however, note several delays in scheduled refit tasks, serious enough for him to call a meeting with representatives of the JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, JSC Sevmash, Nevskoye Planning & Design Bureau, the Electropribor Research Institute and of course, Rosoboronexport. Sources say Vice Admiral Kumar has asked for all the earmarked tasks to be put on the fast-track, and to be completed before the next visit by the Indian Review Team in January 2011.

Photo: JSC Sevmash

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