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INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by tariqkhan18, Dec 10, 2011.

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  1. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    India’s Ex-Russian Aircraft Carrier Finally Nearing Sea Trials

    The prototype MiG-29K (side number 311) was loaded by crane onto India’s new aircraft carrier in Severodvinsk last month. The Sevmash Dockyard said that work to convert the former Russian cruiser Gorshkov is 90 percent complete.

    Renamed the INS Vikramaditya, the ship is now scheduled to commence sea trials in May next year, and be commissioned by December 4, which is India’s annual Navy Day. Meanwhile, the last five of the initial 16 MiG-29K/KUB production aircraft that India ordered for the new carrier are due for delivery this month. Russia donated the Gorshkov “as is” to the Indian Navy in March 2004, upon New Delhi’s promise to fund her refit and modernization. The ship was re-launched in November 2008 as a through-deck carrier with a 14-degree ski ramp and three arrestor wires.


    The initial contract for the ship’s conversion amounted to $617 million (U.S.), excluding training and after-sales support. A long dispute between Moscow and New Delhi over escalating costs halted work for many months, before the parties agreed to a new total of $1.75 billion. With the inclusion of separate contracts on training, ground equipment and shore infrastructure installations, the grand total comes to $2 billion (U.S.). India is building a second ski-jump aircraft carrier at Cochin.

    The MiG-35D demonstrator (side number 154) has been fitted with an arrestor hook and will take part in the sea trials of the Vikramaditya. It replaces two-seat MiG-29KUB side number 951, which crashed at Akhtubinsk earlier this year. Single-seat MiG-29K side number 941 will also fly in the trials, rather than the prototype aircraft now onboard. (It is one of two MiG-29Ks that flew trials on Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kutnetsov. Later, both aircraft served as demonstrators and testbeds in various MiG programs before being grounded earlier this year.)

    India has ordered a second batch of 29 MiG-29Ks, worth a reported $1.5 billion.

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  2. Skull and Bones

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    And what's the total number of Mig-29K's in IN?

    And are we getting Mig-35 for that crashed Mig-29?
     
  3. DragonKnight

    DragonKnight Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Some Pics of Vikrmaaditya ( hope it's not already posted )

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  4. TereBinLaden

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    Lol Mig-35 for the loss of Mig-29 :rolleyes2:
     
  5. Manmohan Yadav

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    this one looks great
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Why a MiG-35 ??
     
  7. Vritra

    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    The MiG-35 is being used for carrier testing. India will not be receiving it as a replacement for the MiG-29K that crashed.
     
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    And who is testing it IN ??
     
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    This one looks great.
     
  10. Vritra

    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    IN isn't ressurecting the gorshkov. Mig, sevmash, and other Russian authorities, with the observation of delegates from India, are doing the.testing.
     
  11. DragonKnight

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    @Manmohan Yadav & @ Nick

    Once she gets completed.... she will look great from every angle :happy:
     
  12. Manmohan Yadav

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    yes it will
     
  13. Vritra

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    PICTURE: MiG-29K gets on board Indian aircraft carrier

    By: VLADIMIR KARNOZOV MOSCOW
    11:32 21 Dec 2011​
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    With work on the Indian navy's future aircraft carrier the INS Vikramaditya now 90% complete, an RSK MiG-29K fighter has been placed aboard the vessel for the first time.

    Pictured on the carrier's deck at the Sevmash dockyard in Severodvinsk, northern Russia during November, aircraft Side 311 was deployed using a crane to serve as a mock-up only.

    According to Sevmash, the Vikramaditya will start sea trials in May 2012, with these to involve take-offs and landings using two industry-owned aircraft. One is a purpose-built MiG-29K, while the other is a MiG-35D two-seat demonstrator now being modified after the crash of a MiG-29KUB trainer during trials in 2011.

    Originally introduced to service with the Russian navy in 1987 as the Baku, but deactivated in 1992, the modified Vikramaditya now features a "ski-jump" ramp and three arrestor wires to support fighter operations. New Delhi's total investment in the ship is worth around $2 billion, with Sevmash expecting it to be commissioned into service on 4 December 2012 - Indian navy day.

    Russia has so far delivered 11 of the 16 MiG-29K/KUBs ordered for the Indian navy under a 2003 deal worth $530 million, with the remainder due to be shipped to Goa before the end of 2011.

    India also this year firmed up an option for 29 more navalised MiG-29s to equip its future homegrown aircraft carriers.

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    This thread needs a sticky, methinks.
     
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  14. Vikram Singaravel

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    It sounds great ! will add great muscle to our navy , but by the time when it gets commissioned by indian navy wont the carrier be a lil old ? :big_boss:
     
  15. preveen

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    When will INS Vikramaditya enter service
     

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