India’s Gorshkov Carrier Nears Completion

1 June 2010 (Last Updated June 1st, 2010 18:30)

The Indian Navy expects to receive the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov by December 2012 following scheduled sea trials in early 2011. Recently, a naval team from India examined the ongoing refit work on 44,570t Admiral Gorshkov, renamed as INS Vikramaditya, at the Sevmash Shipya

The Indian Navy expects to receive the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov by December 2012 following scheduled sea trials in early 2011.

Recently, a naval team from India examined the ongoing refit work on 44,570t Admiral Gorshkov, renamed as INS Vikramaditya, at the Sevmash Shipyard in Russia, according to the Times of India.

A navy official said that 99% of the structural work and almost 50% of the cabling work has been completed on the carrier.

"Almost all large-scale equipment including engines, diesel generators and others has been installed," the official said.

India also ordered 29 additional MiG-29K carrier-based anti-ship fighter aircraft from Russia under a $1.46bn contract signed in March.