Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya To Join Indian Navy In Nov

With all trials successfully completed in the White Sea and Barents Sea, the Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov) aircraft carrier will be commissioned into Indian Navy service between November 15-20 at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia.

The $2.33-billion deal finally delivers nearly a decade after it was signed, and after years of financial and technical turmoil. All considered, the deal goes down as one of the most ill-planned, where virtually every aspect of work on the ship was astonishingly underestimated by both sides, compelling an embarrassing price revision years after contract signature.

Well, now she's Indian, and she'll be most welcome. Shano Varuna!

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

*Shan Nau Varuna

RD said...

Without the Barak missiles, will it be wise to field the $2.33-billion carrier in the Indian ocean.

Anonymous said...

It seems like a good deal considering most of the payments were made before Indian rupee tanked against dollar.

Anonymous said...

Karwar welcomes the INS Vikramaditya. May you strike fear in the hearts of enemies.

victor raj said...

A sense of relaxation to the Indian Navy. Mistakes are from both sides, we cannot just blame the Russians for it. According to me its a good deal, a new aircraft carrier costs a lot.

Singam said...

Simply awesome news! Can't wait for it to come to India. It will be the Navy's Flagship and India projection of military and diplomatic power.

hotgene said...

I really love to read the last line... "Now, she's Indian"....

Parthasarathi said...

After many years a new (!) air craft carrier for our Navy.

shailesh said...

I wonder how much of the overcharges were due to the " honey trap" of the naval senior officer?

shailesh said...

I wonder how much of the overcharges were due to the " honey trap" of the naval senior officer?

Shantanu Guha said...

Another testament of our strong Defence ties with Russia . Well we have off lately opened the flood gates of lucrative defence deals to America , one must not forget the help and support the Soviets/Russians gave us in terms of giving access to latest military hardware at prices which India could afford in spite of numerous economic crisis .

Sudip Das said...

Nice to see a majority of commentators agreeing that this is good buy , exceptions make it more cherishable

Anonymous said...

" It seems like a good deal considering most of the payments were made before Indian rupee tanked against dollar " - My thoughts too, Sir !


Anonymous said...

Nice looking ship! would have looked nicer without that water tank on top :)

Anonymous said...

tdblog@yahoo.com:
No missile defence...for another 2 years...which will pratically mean...4 years...considering historical timelines of delivery...a huge dead duck we have with us now. But gr8 to hear all trials completed and we finally getting it in India...I believe it comes in Jan 2014!

Anonymous said...

That water tank on top is very critical for the ship's survival. Its the biggest RADAR installed on the ship.

Thomas said...

Welcome 45000 ton Vikramaditya.Our IAC Vikrant is it 40000 tons or 37500 tons..Can someone clarify..