Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Russia

Russian Warship Transfer To India Delayed After Failed Test

The Russian daily "Kommersant" reports that officials have postponed the transfer of the aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya" to India following a failed trial at sea.

The transfer is now scheduled for "not earlier than October 2013."

The aircraft-capable cruiser, which was formerly called the "Admiral Gorshkov," was removed from service in the Russian Navy in 1996, following a boiler-room explosion in 1994.

In 2004, India purchased the ship for $947 million, with the agreement that upgrades would be carried out at Russia's Severmash shipyard.

The ship recently completed its first three-month sea trial, during which seven of its eight steam boilers went offline.

"The cruiser simply came to a standstill," an unnamed Russian official was quoted as having told the daily.

Because of changes to the project specifications, the cost of the project is now estimated at $2.3 billion.

Based on reporting by "Kommersant" and "Izvestia"

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