Aircraft Carrier to be Delivered to Indian Navy in November
A Russian-built aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian
Navy on November 15, and will reach India by February 2014, a senior
official at Rosoboronexport said Wednesday. The Vikramaditya carrier,
which is already years past its original 2008 delivery date, was supposed
to have been handed over to India in December 2012, but last year’s
sea trials revealed that the vessel's boilers were not fully functional.
INS Vikramaditya, ex-Admiral Gorshkov, during the current sea trials
expect that Vikramaditya will dock at a Mumbai port by February,”
Viktor Komardin, deputy head of the state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport,
said Wednesday at the NAMEXPO-2013 naval exhibition in India.
Komardin said that the carrier would dock at 14 ports on its way to
the final destination.
The carrier, renamed the Vikramaditya for India, was originally built
as the Soviet Project 1143.4 class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.