Old ship USS virrat India will continue to service 10 years (Figure)
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According to India’s “Economic Times” recently reported that, although there is a half century ship age, the only aircraft carrier the Indian Navy, “virrat” number will continue to serve 10 years. “The Times of India,” said the Indian Navy can do so as soon as possible “double-carrier battle group,” the dream, but reports also on the “virrat” was deteriorating on the aircraft carrier force expressed concern.
buy second-hand aircraft when the main
Indian Navy Rear Admiral Anil – Kumar search Guevara said recently, “virrat” aircraft carrier in the 2009 after a 50-year-old birthday, “it will now service 2020.”
“virrat” was originally a British Royal Navy “competitive God” aircraft carrier, from 1959, a total of 28 years in the British Navy. In 1987, India bought the ship, named it “virrat” number. In addition, the Indian Navy has purchased a 30 “Sea Harrier” V/STOL aircraft carrier. Indian Navy to buy “virrat” aircraft to replace the more old English “Vikrant” aircraft carrier, as the main fleet.
public information, “virrat” aircraft carrier length 226.5 meters, width 48.78 m, the standard displacement of 23,900 tons, speed of 28 (52 km/h), containing members of the 1207 people, and the other 143 naval aviation personnel. “Virrat” was capable of carrying British “Sea Harrier” aircraft carrier “Sea King” helicopter and Indian-grown “cheetah”, “North Star” helicopter. Just from the design and performance point of view, the ship does have unique and therefore still has considerable potential for improvement.
improve the old ship to “make up”
buy “virrat” was, the Indian Navy conducted a number of its transformation. In September 1993, “virrat” number of the engine room water, resulting in long-term can not perform its task, until 1995 only to return to active duty, for the Indian Navy to take this opportunity to replace a new search radar; 1999 to 2001 years, “virrat” was upgraded propulsion system and communication system, also switched sensors, remote search radar, weapon systems; 2003, “virrat” was to enter the dry dock repairs, and installation of the Israeli production the “Barak” missile vertical launch air defense systems … …
Indian Navy is determined to continue to maintain “virrat” aircraft is not because the ship have the potential to be tapped, but to ensure that the so-called “double aircraft carrier battle groups “or” three-carrier battle group. ” In accordance with the established concept of the Indian Navy, purchased from Russia, “Vic la Tia” (the original “Admiral Gorshkov” number) will be delivered in 2012 medium-sized aircraft carrier, India’s self-built new “Wei Kelan Special “was commissioned in 2015, so the” virrat “aircraft carrier of the service period was extended to 2020 or so, it means that the Indian Navy is expected to have three carrier battle group. However, the prices of frequently bought Russian-made aircraft carrier, schedule delay; self-built aircraft carrier is not optimistic, so let ‘virrat “then continued service is likely to be upset.