Russia and India to be delivered at the end of 2012 to the modified second-hand aircraft (Figure)
is the city of Severodvinsk shipyard to a comprehensive modernizing the” Admiral Gorshkov “aircraft carrier
LONDON news According to Russian world arms trade center site on September 16 reported that the Bureau of Indian Defense Ministry announced the information that the Russian plan in December 2012 to the Indian Navy to deliver the modified “Vic la Guardia” aircraft carrier.
aircraft modification work to oversee the process, long-term presence in India sent experts to Russia, but also from time to time send check conversion process. Indian Defense Ministry committee has once again on the northern Russian city of Severomorsk machinery manufacturing enterprises to evaluate the work of conversion, although found in some places somewhat behind schedule, but the overall evaluation was positive. Expected from the aircraft carrier moored trial began in spring 2011, plans to be completed before the end of 2012 all the experiments, and was delivered in December that year the Indian Navy. Then the carrier will be the Indian Navy’s largest warship, the use of period about 30 years. Currently the Indian Navy’s only aircraft carrier “virrat” was built in 1959, the United Kingdom, have already been in service expires, this should be retired in 2012, but will continue to improve the service after due in 2014. At the same time, India Cochin Shipyard is building aircraft carriers, plans and equipment in 2014-2015, a total of six will be fitted up to the column.
to purchase from Russia of the original “Admiral Gorshkov” aircraft carrier, and its modernizing the “Vic la Guardia” was the identity of the Indian Navy, India Russia will pay $ 2.33 billion, of which $ 29,000,000 is the long-term resident since 2004, Russia’s 40 Indian experts all security costs, $ 85 million aircraft maintenance is a package of technical information with the transfer fee. India’s navy has been full value of $ 85 million technical documents, with the Indian Ministry of Defense in the future this information can be independent in its territory of aircraft repair and maintenance, do not have to like the “Kilo” class submarines to Russia as shipbuilding enterprises to maintain. Indian experts initial assessment that the transfer of a package of technical literature is far below the aircraft repair fee charges.
January 2004, according to Russia and India signed an intergovernmental agreement, Russia takes the “Admiral Gorshkov” aircraft carrier transfer to India, to carry out technical maintenance and modernizing with Russian carrier-based aircraft and helicopters. According to Russia’s Rosoboronexport and the Indian Ministry of Defense signed the initial contract, aircraft modification costs $ 974 million, 16 MiG-29K fighters and the card 31 and Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters, maritime supply costs $ 530 million originally planned 2008 August 15, days before the Indian Navy into the combat formation. But then Russia found in the conversion process than the actual workload and costs a lot more than originally anticipated request for additional modification costs, the two sides since 2007 to embark on negotiations, and in early December 2009 when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Russia agreed that the final price, and in March this year, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to India after signing a formal contract modification. (Compiled: Shu-shan)