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Indian defence team inspects Gorshkov refurbishment

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by hotstud69, May 14, 2010.

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    hotstud69 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

    Apr 14, 2010
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    A high-level Indian defence team has carried out a detailed inspection of refurbishment of Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, which Russia is expected to deliver to India by 2012.

    Vice-Admiral Nadel Nirajan Kumar, who headed the Indian delegation, noted “positive dynamic in the works on the aircraft carrierâ€￾ at Sevmash shipyards in Severodvinsk region, shipyard spokesperson, Yekaterina Pilikina, was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.

    She said the Indian delegation visited the warship and examined the refurbishment in detail.

    Ms. Pilikina said the team was “pleasedâ€￾ to see the United Shipbuilding Corporation taking all efforts to keep with the work schedule that has been agreed to by both the governments.

    Initially, the contract was estimated to cost $1.5 billion, but in early 2008 Russia sought an additional $1.2 billion.

    After protracted negotiations, India finally agreed to pay $2.3 billion for the carrier, which is to be commissioned into the Indian Navy as INS Vikramaditya.

    The 44,570-tonne aircraft carrier will replace INS Viraat and after modernisation it is expected to be seaworthy for 30 years
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