INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier

December 24, 2012 3:32 am 2 comments

INS Vikramaditya is the newer Aircraft Carrier to be inducted into Indian Navy in mid 2013.

“Vikramaditya” is Sanskrit for “Brave as the Sun”and was the title of some of the most famous kings in Indian history, such as the Vikramaditya of Ujjain & Indian emperor Chandragupta II.

INS Vikramaditya is the rechristened name of former Soviet Union Aircraft Carrier Admiral Gorshkov procured by India.

INS Vikramaditya was originally the modified Kiev class aircraft carrier Baku built in 1978–1982 and is being extensively refitted at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia.

 

  • INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier INS VIkramditya is formerly Admiral Gorshkov Aircraft Carrier of former Soviet Union
  • INS Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya under construction in 2011 at Shevmash Shipyard, Russia
  • INS Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya INS Vikramditya on Dock Trial at Northern Russian City Sevrodvinsk
  • INS Vikramditya on Sea Trial INS Vikramditya on Sea Trial Cleaning of INS Vikramaditya during Sea Trials
  • INS Vikramaditya on Sea Trial INS Vikramaditya on Sea Trial
  • INS Vikramaditya undergoing Sea Trial INS Vikramaditya undergoing Sea Trial
  • MiG-29KUB landing on INS Vikramaditya MiG-29KUB landing on INS Vikramaditya Mig-29KUB landing on INS Vikramaditya during sea trials
  • Mig29KUB Taking Off on INS Vikramaditya Mig29KUB Taking Off on INS Vikramaditya
  • Mig29KUB Taking Off on INS Vikramaditya Mig29KUB Taking Off on INS Vikramaditya
  • Schematic of INS Vikramaditya Schematic of INS Vikramaditya

 

After extensive negotiations and discussions from 2004-2012 with Russia, Indian government decided to pay $2.35 billion for INS Vikramaditya. The deal also includes 12 single-seat MiG-29K ‘Fulcrum-D’ and 4 dual-seat MiG-29KUB aircraft, 6 Kamov Ka-31 “Helix”reconnaissance and anti-submarine helicopters, torpedo tubes, missile systems, and artillery units. Facilities and procedures for training pilots and technical staff, delivery of simulators, spare parts, and establishment maintenance on Indian Navy facilities are also part of the deal.

The aircraft carrier will be operated in a STOBAR (Short Take-Off But Assisted Recovery) configuration, with a 14.3 degree ski-jump on the bow and three arrestor wires on the stern of the angled deck. This will allow the operation of MiG-29K and Sea Harrier aircraft. The maximum take off length for the MiG-29K on the INS Vikramaditya will be between 160–180 metres.

Kamov Ka-31 ”Helix” are to be based on the INS Vikramaditya in an airborne early warning role.

Dock trials began on March 1, 2011. The focus of these trials was on the main power generation units and the radio-electronic armament systems, manufactured in India. Indian Navy personnel began training on INS Vikramaditya in April, 2011.The sea trials for INS Vikramaditya began on June 8th 2012. The ship sailed out for crucial pre-delivery trials from the berth of the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern city of Severodvinsk. These trials include landing and take-off of fighter jets from the deck of the carrier.

On September 17, 2012, malfunctions were detected during trials due to problems in steam boilers of propulsion machinery. As a result, the deadline to hand over INS Vikarmaditya to Indian Navy has been postponed until October 2013.

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