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September 29, 2011

Sea trails of upgraded aircraft-carrier set for 2012

Indian navy and Sevmash shipyard agree that it will be inappropriate to start testing at sea with “Vikramaditya” this November as earlier scheduled.
Russia and India agreed in 2004 to upgrade and sell the former Soviet aircraft-carrier “Admiral Gorshkov” to the Indian navy under the name “Vikramaditya.”
After years of delays and disagreements between the two countries on the final price tag, a 2010 agreement stipulated delivery of the modernized vessel for December 2012. But, first the Indian crew will take the vessel out in the Barents Sea for testing. That was supposed to happen this November.
New date for sea trail of the huge aircraft-carrier is now May 2012.
The vessel is now 85 percent ready, reports the portal of the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk following delegation of inspections of the Joint Staff of the Indian Navy.
- Today, the works are on schedule, but there are technical problems can be solved largely through Rosoboronexport, which always supports us. I am sure that in December 2012, the ship will be delivered to the customer, President of JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation Roman Trotsenko, says in the press-note posted on the portal of Sevmash.

(Barents Observer)

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