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Indian Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Launched and in Sea Trials
WORLD-WIDE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ^ | 8 June 2012 | Jeff Head

Posted on 06/08/2012 10:39:23 AM PDT by Jeff Head

The Russian refit of their former Gorshkov VSTOL carrier into the STOBAR Indian Aircraft Carrier Virkamaditya is complete and the vessel has been launched for sea trials.


INS VIKRAMADITYA LAUNCHED FOR SEA TRIALS

Originally the Indian Navy purchased a full wing of new Mig-29K aircraft from Riussia for 1.5 billion (USD) which included the refitting of this 1980s carrier. However cost overruns ensued and ultimately after months of work stoppage, the Russians and Indians agreed to a complete cost for the carrier and the aircraft for 2.8 billion (USD), still a low price.

The Virkamaditya is now launched and in trials and is scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Navy for commissioning in December 2012. the Indian Navy began taking delivery of and training with their Mig-29K aircraft a year ago.

The Indians are also building two indegenous carriers, the Vikrant Class, the first of which will be launched in 2013.

For more info, seeWorld-wide Aircraft Carriers - Vikramaditya Page


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KEYWORDS: aircraftcarriers; india; indiannavy; virkamaditya; worldnavies
The naval arms race in Asia continues. China, Russia, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the US are all in the act.
1 posted on 06/08/2012 10:39:38 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head

Those ships with the swoop on the front have always looked queer to me.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 10:42:03 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: wardaddy; A Navy Vet; Squantos; Travis McGee; Noumenon; Eaker; LS; Jim Robinson; cva66snipe

Most folks are not aware of the huge naval arms buildup going on in Asia. But it is and this is the latest launch of another aircraft carrier in the region.


3 posted on 06/08/2012 10:42:12 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

Does Australia have aircraft carriers? If any country/continent should have one, I would think they should.


4 posted on 06/08/2012 10:43:55 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Jeff Head

INS What?


5 posted on 06/08/2012 10:43:59 AM PDT by KingLudd
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To: KingLudd

Vikramaditya...an Indian name. He was a legendary emperor of India in antiquity and many rulers after him assumed his name...like Pharoh to the Egyptians.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 10:48:04 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

There is a naval arms build up in the region, but as far as the aircraft carriers go, it looks like the other countries “building” them are really just re-fitting the old Soviet ships. They are a long way from being “carrier navies” in the way the USN is.

Also, these nations will not all be against the United States, but are building against each other for the most part. We are still the biggest and best navy in the world, and it will take a while for anyone or any combination to challenge us. For the foreseeable future, we hold the naval balance of power.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 10:48:56 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Australia is building two Canberra Class multi-role ships which can act as carriers or amphibious assault.

At the World-wide Aircraft Carrier site, there's a page for them. The Canberra Class.

8 posted on 06/08/2012 10:50:35 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: FreeAtlanta

That;’s what navies who either haven’t developed, or can’t afford catapaults use to help get their aircraft in the air. Not a bad solution all considered.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 10:54:24 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: henkster
Well, the Indians and the Chinese are also building indegenous designs that will both be out in the next 1-3 years. The Indians intend a total of three large carriers...40-45,000 ton range. The chinese will probably end up with more, 3-5 in the 65,000 ton range.

Both nations are also building very modern and healthy strong escort vessels that mimick the AEGIS vessels we have.

See: THE RISING SEA DRAGON IN ASIA

10 posted on 06/08/2012 10:57:29 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

India needs an aircraft carrier like they need a bullet proof turban...

A few submarines might be wise though..


11 posted on 06/08/2012 11:00:48 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Jeff Head

The Chinese are also renovating another Soviet era carrier of the same class. Maybe the two ships can have a ski jumping competition.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 11:05:33 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Jeff Head
Good afternoon my FRiend. I trust you are doing well.

What does the Indian navy plan to protect that carrier with?

5.56mm

13 posted on 06/08/2012 11:08:07 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: FreeAtlanta
Those ships with the swoop on" the front have always looked queer to me."

Well . . . it was a British Navy invention. :)
14 posted on 06/08/2012 11:18:11 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: FreeAtlanta

copied from the brits I believe.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 11:21:43 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Jeff Head

That Austrailian “target” looks like it might capsize in a strong wind.

It seems functional and practical in it’s multirole use. But it is ugly and seems to stick out of the water a bit. Do they have a keel on it?


16 posted on 06/08/2012 11:22:13 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists works in Utopia Province, riding unicorns to work.)
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To: Jeff Head

This is the Soviet Kiev class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov. It was sold to India in January 2004.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 11:43:23 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: hosepipe

IIRC, they have leased one or more nuke subs and are gathering experience for building operating nuclear submarines.


18 posted on 06/08/2012 11:50:03 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Jeff Head
Here's a depcition I put together of the new Carrier with one of India's Delhi Class destroyers escorting her.

Their new Kohlkata destroyers which they are building 7-9 of are much more modern with VLS, AESA Radar and AEGIS-like battle management.

They have launched three of those lareday and the first will be commissioned this year.


19 posted on 06/08/2012 11:54:35 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: C19fan

Actually, the Chinese aircraft carrier is a later generation. It was the former Varyag that was about 80% complete when the Soviet Union collapsed and was never complete. it is the sister ship to the Kuznetsov and is a bigger and more capable STOBAR carrier than this one.

The Indian carrier is more than a refit. it is an upgrade. The chinese carrier is an actual refit.

You can take a look at both at the following two links:

The Chinese Varyag
http://www.jeffhead.com/worldwideaircraftcarriers/varyag.htm

The Indian Virkamaditya
http://www.jeffhead.com/worldwideaircraftcarriers/vikram.htm

The Indian Carrier was originally a VSTOL carrier where the entire front end was devoted to offensive weapons systesm. Those have been removed and a ski jump deck added in their place to make it a STOBAR carrier that will use Mig-29K aircraft (up to about 20-24 of them)

The Chinese carrier was a large STOBAR carrier from the get go, and she has been refitted with chinese sensors, weapons systems. and new propulsion and will fly the J-15 Strike Fighter which are larger, longer range, and carry more ordinance than the Mig-29K, and which is a Chinese modernization of the Russian SU-33 (up to 30 of them)


20 posted on 06/08/2012 12:19:13 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: C19fan

Actually, the Chinese aircraft carrier is a later generation. It was the former Varyag that was about 80% complete when the Soviet Union collapsed and was never complete. it is the sister ship to the Kuznetsov and is a bigger and more capable STOBAR carrier than this one.

The Indian carrier is more than a refit. it is an upgrade. The chinese carrier is an actual refit.

You can take a look at both at the following two links:

The Chinese Varyag
http://www.jeffhead.com/worldwideaircraftcarriers/varyag.htm

The Indian Virkamaditya
http://www.jeffhead.com/worldwideaircraftcarriers/vikram.htm

The Indian Carrier was originally a VSTOL carrier where the entire front end was devoted to offensive weapons systesm. Those have been removed and a ski jump deck added in their place to make it a STOBAR carrier that will use Mig-29K aircraft (up to about 20-24 of them)

The Chinese carrier was a large STOBAR carrier from the get go, and she has been refitted with chinese sensors, weapons systems. and new propulsion and will fly the J-15 Strike Fighter which are larger, longer range, and carry more ordinance than the Mig-29K, and which is a Chinese modernization of the Russian SU-33 (up to 30 of them)


21 posted on 06/08/2012 12:19:30 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: hosepipe

Actually the Indians have operated aircraft carriers (two of them) for well over 20-25 years.

They are upgrading now, going from pure jump jet VSTOL carriers to STOBAR carriers (Short Take Off Barrier Assisted Recovery). That means they will take off with the assistance of the ski jump and use trap wires to land.

They intend three modern carriers and they have a long coastline and adversaries in Pakistan and China...and especially China is not encroaching into the Indian Ocean area with their own navy and they are involved in a naval buildup to counter China’s buildup.


22 posted on 06/08/2012 12:26:21 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: M Kehoe

They have a number of 1980s era frigates and destroyers, but have been building new frigates and destroyers as escorts. They also have a number of Russian Kilo and German Type 209 subs, but those diesel electrics cannot keep up with carriers.

They have jut leased a newer Russian attack sub, and are building a second for purchase with options to buy the first one too. They are also involved in building their own first nuclear subs.


23 posted on 06/08/2012 12:28:27 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head
IB1RS....
IB1E...

**************

IB1RS = IN before the 1st ramp strike

IB1E = IN before the 1st ejection...

Just sayin'

24 posted on 06/08/2012 12:31:41 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Tenacious 1
They are getting those carriers from the Spanish in a join build. They are the same class as the new Spanish Juan Carlos Design.


SPANISH JAUN CARLOS CARRIER

They are also getting their AEGIS escorts from Spain. They are building three updates to the Spanish F-100 AEGIS frigates where we licensed the AEGIS system to them and are now doing so with the Australians. The Spanish have five of these AEGIS frigates.


SPANSIH AEGIS FRIGATES

The Juan Carlos design, if it is coupled with F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, will be an effective Sea Control type carrier and the Aussies will have two so they can keep one deployable at all times.

25 posted on 06/08/2012 12:38:50 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Hehehe...depends on who they are pitted against.

we are doing more and more exercises with the INdians and once they get those Kolkata DDG escorts their CSGs will be pretty storng. Their second indegenous carrier is supposed to be full CATOBAR with cats, and they are already buying Hawkeyes from us, so that will make that particular carrier very strong.

Basically you have China, Pakistan, and Russia kind of taking sides. The US, Korea, Jpana and Australia pitted against them, with the Indians sort of in the middle but more and more leaning our way.

The new Japanese Hyuga and the follow-on, larger 22DDH carriers are pretty impressive. the Korean Dokdo LHD is too, particularly if they load 10-12 F-35Bs on it one day. And the Korean SeJong class AEGIS vessels are really cruisers and are an already built version of the Burke Flight II class. They have three of them thus far.

Lot’s of naval technology being developed in the RIMPAC area.

And the new Daring Class the UK has put out will be great escorts for their two new large carriers if they can ever get them built.


26 posted on 06/08/2012 12:47:59 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: moonshot925

Used to see these in the Med in the late 80’s - the huge clouds of black smoke always announced their presence over the horizon. We just called it the ‘Admiral Pigpen’.


27 posted on 06/08/2012 12:54:02 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Jeff Head

Is this their first flat top?


28 posted on 06/08/2012 1:07:03 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks guy. I knew you would have the answer.

5.56mm

29 posted on 06/08/2012 1:10:16 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: WKUHilltopper
Nope, they had two old British carriers that they purchased and refit and then operated for many years.

One, the The INS Viraat was the old British "Hermes" that was used in the Falklands War and sold to the Indians in 1986. It was reift and named the Viraat is still operational and will be decommissioned when this carrier is commissioned.

The Viraat operates a wing of from 12-18 Sea Harriers.

30 posted on 06/08/2012 2:08:17 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks!


31 posted on 06/08/2012 2:11:59 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: moonshot925
Actually, the Gorshkov was the last Kiev and had a number of innovations over the older vessels in preparation for the Kuznetsov class.

But, as the first line in the artile states, "The Russian refit of their former Gorshkov VSTOL carrier into the STOBAR Indian Aircraft Carrier Virkamaditya is complete and the vessel has been launched for sea trials", it is in fact a pretty significant redesign of the Gorshkov, taking off all of that weaponry upfront and extending the landing/take off deck to the bow with a ski-jump.

The site the story links to explains in more detail.

32 posted on 06/08/2012 2:15:45 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: WKUHilltopper
You're welcome.

Here's another shot of her before going to sea.

That's a massive island.

33 posted on 06/08/2012 2:18:47 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: ravager; kearnyirish2

FYI...Indian Navy news.


34 posted on 06/08/2012 2:25:52 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

The Soviets were also working ona nuclear powered supercarrier called Ulyanovsk. It was 40% comlete when it was canceled in November 1991.


35 posted on 06/08/2012 2:29:18 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: Jeff Head

That is massive!


36 posted on 06/08/2012 2:32:59 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: moonshot925
Yep...that was their next step.

After two convetnional STOBAR Carriers, the Kusnetsov and the Varyag (which were both built after their four Kiev class VSTOL carriers) they were going to go Nuclear with standard CATOBAR carriers like the US.

But they bankrupted their already bankrupt and failed marxist/socialist economic system in the attempt to keep up with the US and went under.

Russia to this day operates the Kuznetsov with SU-33 fighters, though they are transitioning over the next few years to Mig-29K fighters like they are selling Inida.

37 posted on 06/08/2012 2:56:10 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: M Kehoe
What does the Indian navy plan to protect that carrier with?

Firat ready this year, second early next, third 2014

(They already have 8 older DDGs, these will be the first with phased array radars.)

38 posted on 06/08/2012 7:51:23 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Gott mit Mitt, Mitt mit uns)
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To: Jeff Head
The vessel will soon be getting a new camouflage paint job.


39 posted on 06/08/2012 9:17:08 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Here's a good pic showing all three of the Kolkata Class that have been launched int ehir various stages of outfitting. Two more are under construction, as shown in the seocnd pic. They will be very capable escorts and multi-purpose DDGs.

India's commitment to her fleet is strong. and modernizing to ensure she can protect these carriers and use them to project power and defend her interestrs.

DDG (Guided Missile destroyers)
Kolkata - 2 (9 more building)
Delhi - 3
Rajpout - 5
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10 DDGs (9 more building)

FFG (Guided Missile Frigates)
Shivlak - 3 (7 more building)
Talwar - 4 (3 more building)
Brahmaputra - 3
Goddarvi - 3
Sunarna - 6
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19 FFGs (10 more building)

SS (Diesel/Electric Submarines)
Scorpion - (6 building)
Kilo - 10
Type 209 - 4
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14 (6 more building)

SSN (Nuclear Attack Submarines)
Akula - (1 more building)
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1 (1 more building)

40 posted on 06/08/2012 9:31:44 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head; Little Ray
India has already built the indigenous SSBN, the INS Arihant. Its expected to be ready for operational deployment sometime this year.
41 posted on 06/10/2012 12:29:44 AM PDT by ravager
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To: Jeff Head; hosepipe

Make that more like 50 years; the INS Vikrant was inducted in 1961 and pensioned off in 1997.


42 posted on 06/11/2012 12:08:19 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
You are exactly right. The carrier that prceeded the Viraat was also named the Vikrant (which will be the neame of the 1st indegenous carrier) and was another carrier purchased from the UK and used for many years 36 to be exact). She was formerlly a UK Majestic class Carrier built in WWII, the HMS HErcules, launched in 1945 I believe.

Ultimately she carried helos, Sea HArriers, and a prop driven, French ASW aircraft. She was used in the bloackade of East Palisyan in 1971.

She's now preserved as a Museum.


43 posted on 06/11/2012 5:34:38 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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