Wednesday, February 8, 2012

INS Vikramaditya on course to Dec 2012

The long wait for INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy is nearing its end. The modernisation of INS Vikramaditya at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk has moved into the final stage. Come spring, all the vessel’s systems will be going through extensive testing. By the end of the year, the vessel will be handed over to the Indian Navy.


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Port trial runs began in March last year. These trial runs held by the port are intended to prepare the vessel’s systems and equipments for factory performance tests, when the aircraft will set sail. Last year, the vessel was outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, tools and had its cable connections tested. The performance of individual units and mechanisms has already been verified and confirmed. It will be followed by the universal tests on the vessel’s main systems in different modes.

The most difficult and important tests concern the chief power unit. The second challenge is to check the electronic warfare systems, which include Indian-made ones, along with aviation and technical capabilities. When the vessel finally sets sail, interaction controls on the aircraft carrier and its planes will be refined.

"We manage to establish very productive relations with all the officers from the Observation Group," says Sevmash Deputy General Director for military and technical cooperation Sergei Novosyolov. "The officers are experienced specialists, proficient in ship repairs and shipbuilding. They learn a lot here but we, too, learn a lot from them. Indian specialists are distinguished by their stringency. They go deeply into every detail and ask us to explain everything that is not clear. It's especially important and rewarding that all issues are resolved peacefully, with no serious conflicts. We have a common goal. The aircraft carrier must become the flagship of the Indian Navy, the pride of the Indian fleet."

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