Which air craft carrier is about to be inducted into Indian Navy on Lease from Russia
The simmering controversy over the cost escalation insisted upon by Russia for retrofitting the 44,750-tonne Kiev class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov has spurred the Indian Navy to look beyond Russia to meet its futuristic requirements. Russias demand for an additional US$ 2-billion over and above the US$1.5-billion package deal signed in 2004 for retrofitting this aircraft carrier originally known as Baku has upset the Indian defence establishment. Of the US$ 1.5 billion originally contracted amount, US$974 million was for augmenting the decommissioned Russian aircraft carrier and the rest earmarked for 16 M-29K fighter aircraft to operate from the carrier which would be inducted into the Indian Navy as INS Vikramaditya.
Russia on its part has offered to make available additional M-29K fighters for use onboard Indias homegrown aircraft carrier now under construction at the Cochin Shipyard at Kochi in Kerala. A section of Indi ...more