Snake>> Это настолько древняя фотка, когда у индусов ещё было 2 авианосца - Вираат и Викрант
ka4ok5> Я так понимаю, что теперь Индия не планирует иметь 2 авианосца,когда примут экс-горшкова,Вираат выведут из состава флота..
Они же свой строят!
Сonstruction of the Indian Navy's 37,500-tonne Project 71 aircraft carrier, delayed by over two years, is expected to begin soon at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) using the 'modular' method of building compartment blocks.
'After building some 120 of 800 blocks using the integrated hull outfit and painting (IHOP) approach we will lay the carrier's keel in 2007. It will be launched by October 2010,' Rear Admiral M.K. Badhwar, the director general naval design who is in-charge of the carrier building programme, declared.
Re-designated the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) from its original appellation of Air Defence Ship, the vessel's commissioning has been delayed by around two years to 2014 due to steel acquisition problems, Badhwar said.
This difficulty was recently resolved with the import from Russia of around 1,000 tonnes of steel 'bulb-bars' essential to begin the IAC's construction after the state-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) was unable to supply them.
The cutting of steel for the IAC designed by the Naval Design Bureau (NDB) began in April 2005, but the project languished thereafter due to the lack of bulb bars, navy officials admitted.
However, they were confident that SAIL and two private and another public sector steel mill who are collectively supplying around 20,000 tonnes of steel for the IAC, would be able to provide the additional 4,000 tonnes of bulb bars required for the 225 metre long and 58 metre wide IAC, for which Rs.32.61 billion ($730 million) has been sanctioned so far.
Powered by four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines acquired through Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the IAC will operate a mix of 30 combat fighters and helicopters.
Navy officers said these would include 12 MiG-29K multi-role fighters, upgraded Sea Harrier FRS Mk 51s and the locally designed light combat aircraft. Its 10-helicopter compliment will comprise Russian Kamov Ka-31s and the indigenous advanced light helicopter.
Italy's Fincantieri SpA will provide designs to integrate the propulsion system, engine room layouts, and overall validation of systems, besides conducting sea trials. Navy officials said while Fincantieri's technical contract would be for two years, assistance will continue until the IAC's commissioning.