Skip to comments.Testing Indian aircraft carrier in Barents Sea
Posted on 03/07/2012 12:50:42 AM PST by U-238
The 45,000 tons and 273 meter long ship is expected to undergo testing in the Barents Sea in the course of May, a source associated with the Russian military industrial complex told Itar-Tass. In addition, the ship will undertake a 3,5 month test expedition
Then, on 4 December, the ship will be handed over to the Indian Navy, the source says.
It has taken the Sevmash yard more than eight years to complete the extensive upgrade of the vessel. The yard signed a contract with Indian authorities in 2004. However, it soon turned out the the yard was incapable of meeting neither timelines, nor cost frames.
The modernization of the vessel dragged out in time and became a headache in Russian-Indian relations.
The vessel, which in Russia has carried the name «Admiral Gorshov», will in India be known as the «Vikramaditja». The ship entered service in the Soviet Navy in 1987 under the name «Baku». It was taken out of service in 2004, after which the Indian Navy announced its interest in its takeover
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Is this ship nuclear-powered or is she an oiler?
conventional - diesel
The Indians should have had the thin built freah by the Poles ay Gdansk. They know ship building.
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Did they ever built a carrier in Gdansk?:)
"The conversion plans for the aircraft carrier involve stripping all the armament from the front of the carrier, including the P-500 Bazalt cruise missile launchers and the four Antey Kinzhal surface-to-air missile launchers, to make way for a 14.3º bow ski-jump."
Gdansk? You serious? Gdansk has long gone bankrupt. Currently they only have 2000 workers left. They are depending on money from EU and they hardly ever built much other then container ships, bulk carriers and passenger ferries. A modern aircraft carrier? Not a chance.
Actually India just built 1 aircraft carrier and is in process of completing another one.
4 shaft geared steam turbines