Russian state-owned technology company Rostec has commenced the modernisation and upgrade of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya deployed into service with the Indian Navy.
As part of the project, Rostec subsidiary Technodinamika is carrying out installation supervision of marine hydraulic systems on the Indian Navy vessel.
The upgrade will help support and strengthen the development of military-technical cooperation between India and Russia.
The project also includes the planned commissioning and sea trials of the aircraft carrier.
Technodinamika chief executive officer Igor Nasenkov said: “Installation supervision of marine hydraulic systems at Vikramaditya is an important step in the upgrade of what is currently the most powerful aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.
“The Vikramaditya project is extremely promising taking into account the long-term development programme of the Indian aircraft fleet, under which by 2027 it will acquire two more ships.”
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Designed as an upgraded model of the Russian Navy’s Kiev-class Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya will help replace the Indian Navy’s Centaur-class aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
The vessel is equipped with GS-1MF and GS-3 marine hydraulic systems that are used for refuelling, cleaning, and pressurisation of the hydraulic systems of aircraft and helicopters that form part of the carrier’s air-capable wing.
The 284m-long vessel was commissioned into service with the Indian Navy on 16 November 2013.
With a displacement of 44,500t, INS Vikramaditya can travel at a speed of more than 30k and is capable of carrying out operations up to a range of more than 7,000nm.
With a total of 22 decks, the carrier can accommodate the MiG 29K, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Seaking, ALH and Chetak aircraft.