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INS Viraat can serve Navy till 2018: Captain

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  1. Hembo

    Hembo OLD MOD STAR MEMBER

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    INS Viraat can serve Navy till 2018: Captain

    KOCHI: INS Viraat, Indian Navy's sole aircraft carrier, has enough life left and could be in active service at least till 2018, opined Captain R Harikumar, Commanding Officer of INS Viraat. The vessel, which is in Kochi for a short refit at the Cochin Shipyard, is currently berthed at the Ernakulam Wharf. Captain Harikumar is a native of Thiruvananthapuram. He is the first Keralite to command the prestigious aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.Captain Harikumar told reporters on board Viraat that the vessel, which would complete 25 years of service in the Indian Navy next year, will organise major celebrations to commemorate the occasion."We would organise a couple of events for the celebrations, as part of which we are planning to invite our formal commanding officers," he said. INS Viraat was in Kochi about two years ago for a medium refit. Currently, the vessel has come for a short refit, which is part of the periodical maintenance and would last for about two months."As part of the refit cleaning, painting and repainting of the underwater portion would be carried out. Cleaning the surface, repainting and repairing the issues owing to sea erosion are being done during the short refit. Usually short refits are carried out once in 1618 months. Viraat would have a major refit again in about two years," he said. There won't be any major overhaul of the equipment or electronic systems during the short refit. After the refit the vessel would return to Mumbai, where it is stationed. INS Viraat will be open to visitors for one week till it is berthed at the Ernakulam Wharf.
     
  2. LORD of DEATH

    LORD of DEATH FULL MEMBER

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    but what about the harriers which have reduced to half the number (around 12) than at the induction of INS Viraat :confused:
     
  3. Capt.Popeye

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    The Sea Harriers are a rapidly diminishing asset, I'd go so far as to say that they are just awaiting the final ride to the "bone-yard". The question is about the ship herself. Not the hull or structure mainly (depending on the residual plate thickness), but the Boilers and turbines. Nearly everything else can be renewed/replaced within reasonable economical limits. So far the indications are that the aircraft will get written off before the ship is. If that happens then INS Viraat can get re-incarnated as an Amphibious Support ship in the last years of her life embarking Helos and Troops. That is assuming that the propulsion is not "BER".
     
  4. Skull and Bones

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    Can Tejas be operated from the INS Viraat?
     
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    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Not possible! Its just not possible as it is.
     
  6. Sujal

    Sujal 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    just use it as training platform. we are going to have 3 carriers.
     
  7. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    I do hope that the training is going on for another batch of users. IAC-1 i believe is very close to be done.
     
  8. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Viraat Has been Operational for Last 53 Years , first Commisioned In Royal Navy In 1959 and sold to India in 1987

    It has Undergone Refit many Times , Since Its last Refit in Kochi in 2009 Its Can serve Navy Maximum till 2020
     
  9. Galaxy

    Galaxy Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    By 2020, We will be Operating 3 Air Craft Carries :-


    INS Vikramaditya (2012-13) - 16 MIG29 + 6 Kamov Ka-31 "Helix" + 6 Ka-31 helicopters AEW + Dhruv
    INS Vikrant (2013-14) - 29 MIG29 + 6 Tejas + 10 Ka-31 'Helix' + Dhruv
    INS Vishal (2017-2020) - F-35C / EF Typhoon / F/A-18E/F + Others (Not Yet Finalised)


    NO WORRY !! :sniper:
     
  10. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Dont Expect INS VISHAL [IAC 2] By 2020 , will take More time

    Order was Said to be Placed By 2010, Still No Sign

    Order for IAC 2 will be Placed Probably After Launching IAC-1

    Expect Delays In this Too , As IAC-2 Will be Much Bigger , Probably a CATOBAR Carrier since Navy has shown Intrest In EMALS
     
  11. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    We don't have 12 Harriers on Viraat. In fact we just have 7 at max. Others are stationed at Goa Harrier base, and operate there.
     
  12. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    A few problems there.

    INS Vikramaditya won't have 6 AEW helicopters. I think it would have around 16-20 fixed wing aircraft and at max 4 helicopters.

    INS Vikrant wouldn't carry more than 25 aircraft. I think it would be a mix of 20 fixed wing aircraft and 4 helis.

    INS Vishal would be a larger carrier capable of carrying around 40 aircraft along with 2 AWACS, and 4-5 helicopters.

    And I expect INS Vishal to enter service around 2025, at earliest
     
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    That long ?? INS Vishal work is expected to start once Sea-trial starts for INS Vikrant (1 year). 5 Years to complete and another 2 years for Sea Trial,etc. So, I thought 2017 - Sea trial and 2018-2020 Final induction. Historically, most of the projects are late for 2-3 years which i didn't added. :rolleyes: Let See
     
  14. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    INS Vikramaditya should get inducted by 2012, while being completely operational in 2013.

    INS Vikrant should start trials by 2012-13, and should be inducted by 2015, while being completely operational by 2016.

    INS Vishal is still on design stage. Once its design is finalized, its parts will start to be manufactured and that will take around 4-5 years. After that the parts will start to be assembled, that will take another 2-3 years. Then trials will start. That will take 2 years. And only then will it get inducted.

    Even if manufacturing starts now, the induction date come to be around 2020.
     
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