Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Indian aircraft carrier delayed

Malfunctions during sea trials of the Indian Navy aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, refitted by a Russian shipyard, will delay the vessel’s handover to India yet again, Kommersant business daily reported on Monday.

The delay is the latest in a string of hold-ups in the refit of the ship, in a defense deal that has become a shipwreck of its own.

The Vikramaditya, formerly the Russian Navy's Admiral Gorshkov, was to have been handed over to India on December 4 after ongoing sea trials following a much-delayed refit that has gone massively over-budget. The deadline has now been postponed again until October 2013.


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