INS Vikramaditya joins Indian Navy
After a long wait the $2.3 billion aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was commissioned into the Indian Navy in a strategic boost to India’s maritime warfare capabilities. The gigantic 44,500-tonne warship was inducted into the Indian Navy at the Sevmash Shipyard in Russia. The warship will be escorted to India on a near two-month journey by a group of warships to secure a safe sail to its base at Karwar on the Arabian Sea coast.
- A Kiev class aircraft carrier which was commissioned by Russian Navy in 1987 under the name Baku.
- Later rechristened as Admiral Gorshkov and last sailed in 1995 in Russia, before being offered to India.
- Russia sold the carrier to India after it became too expensive for the country to operate it on a post-Cold War budget.
- Underwent extensive refurbishment and upgrade to a light aircraft carrier at the Sevmash Shipyard in the Russian city of Severodvinsk.
- Initially scheduled to be delivered in 2008, but the deadline was repeatedly postponed.
- Length: 284 metres
- Displacement: 44,500-tonne
- Speed: In excess of 30knots or 56km/hr
- Range: 7000 nautical miles (13,000 km)
It will have MiG-29K naval combat aircraft, Kamov 31 and Kamov 28 anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance helicopters positioned over it.