St Petersburg enterprise to supply arresting gear for INS Vikrant

Russia&India Report     31/10/2014

The Proletarski Zavod will supply arresting gear and breaking machines for the aircraft carrier that will be commissioned in 2018.

St Petersburg enterprise to supply arresting gear for INS Vikrant

The INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India. Source: AP

St. Petersburg’s Proletarski Zavod  (Proletarian Factory) will supply arresting gears and breaking machines for the under construction INS Vikrant aircraft carrier. The Russian enterprise has already supplied similar equipment for the INS Vikramaditya, Yury Skorikov, the factory’s general director told Tass.

“A contract has been signed with the Indian side. We are making arresting gears for the Vikrant aircraft carrier,” Skorikov said. He added that the enterprise is now considering an agreement on post-guarantee servicing of the arresting gears that are already found in the Vikramaditya since the basic time period of the warranty has already run out.

“We’ve already put braking machines on the Vikramaditya and are manufacturing them for the Vikrant aircraft carrier. Presumably the breaking machines for the Vikrant will be supplied in 2015,” Skorikov said.

The St. Petersburg enterprise also produces arresting gears for naval aviation pilot training complexes in Yeysk, Russia as well as in the Indian state of Goa. “Four arresting gears were delivered to Yeysk and the first machine has already been installed,” said Skorikov. “Deliveries were completed in 2013. Right now the equipment is being mounted.”

Proletarski Zavod is one of the oldest machine-building enterprises in St Petersburg. It specialises in marine and power engineering. According to its website, ship mechanisms, systems and complexes, that in certain cases do not have any analogues in home industry, are created at the factory.

The INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier built in India. The ship was “launched” in 2013 and construction is expected to be completed by 2016. The first ship of the Vikrant class of aircraft carriers is expected to be commissioned in 2018. Work is currently going on in the Cochin Shipyard in the Indian state of Kerala.

The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long and 60 metres wide, and displaces about 40,000 metric tons. The deck will be able to accommodate 30 aircrafts and is expected to host MiG 29K and Tejas aircrafts, as well as Kamov Ka-31 aircrafts. India will keep a squadron of 17 MiG 29s on the INS Vikrant to protect its eastern seaboard. Russia will deliver the second squadron of aircraft meant for the indigenous aircraft carrier by 2015.

Indian decommissioned aircraft carrier “Vikrant” will be sold at auction

09/12/2013 Military parity
Indian Ministry of Defence has initiated the process of sale by auction of decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikrant. This decision was made after the announcement of the Maharashtra government about not expedience of the aircraft carrier meintenance , reports

Commander of the Western Sea Command Admiral Shekhar Sinha said that the fleet is ready to support the buyer to convert the ship into a museum

MiG-29K/KUB of Indian Navy will be based on aircraft carriers “Vikramaditya” and “Vikrant”

22.08.2013 ITAR-TASS
The Russian carrier-based multi-role fighters MiG-29K/KUB of naval forces of India, the first squadron of which have already been put into operation, will be based on aircraft carriers “Vikramaditya” / former Russian cruiser “Admiral Gorshkov” / and “Vikrant” own Indian-built. This was announced today in Parliament by the Minister of Defence of India Arakkaparambil Kurian Antony
“The first squadron of MiG-29K/KUB was commissioned in May 2013 – recalled official. – The aircraft will be taking off from the aircraft carrier” Vikramaditya “and” Vikrant “and based on them.”

Sixteen MiG-29K/KUB have been delivered to India at the main contract with Russia. Under the option contract, the second four fighting vehicles arrived here in 2012, and one – in 2013. The ceremonial entry of 303rd Squadron “Black Panther” of MiG-29K / KUB was held May 11 at the base of the Indian Navy “Hans” in the state of Goa. Unit consists of 16 planes. Earlier in April, it was also made a contract between the Ministry of Defence of India and the RAC “MiG”, under which Russia will train Indian pilots on these fighters

India launches first home-built aircraft carrier

India launches first home-built aircraft carrier

India has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Monday, joining the world’s military elite. It comes two days after the activation of India’s first nuclear submarine, a move hailed as a “giant stride in technological capabilities.”

The INS Vikrant will be launched two years behind schedule at a reported cost of around $7.7 billion. The completion of the first stage of the 37,500-ton vessel’s construction marks India’s entry into the elite group of military superpowers capable of designing and building an aircraft carrier. The other nations are Britain, France, the US and Russia.

The delays were reportedly caused by problems sourcing specialized steel from Russia.

“It’s a remarkable milestone,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony said as he stood in front of the giant grey hull of the ship at a ceremony in the southern city of Kochi. “It marks just a first step in a long journey but at the same time an important one.”

Following its first voyage the Vikrant will re-dock so that construction can be completed on the ship’s control systems and living quarters. Once building is finished the vessel will undergo rigorous trials in 2016 and is expected to enter active service in 2018.

The keel of the home-built Indian ship is almost completely constructed from high-quality, indigenously-produced steel.

The state of the art Vikrant has the capacity to hold 36 fighter planes, with the time interval between take-offs from the vessel as low as three minutes. This period can be reduced to less than two minutes, say Indian naval officials.

India has recently invested billions of dollars in upgrading its military and according to KPMG estimates, the country will shell out a further $112 billion on defense acquisitions between 2010 and 2016. On Sunday the government announced the activation of the first nuclear-class submarine to be designed and built in India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a “giant stride” for the nation.

The addition of the vessel to India’s naval fleet will add a new facet to the country’s military capabilities as previously it was only able to launch missiles from land and from the air.

The INS Arihant (Destroyer of Enemies) is part of an Indian initiative to construct 5 vessels capable of launching nuclear-tipped missiles and torpedoes.

The Indian government aims to modernize its soviet-era military hardware. At present India has one aging British aircraft carrier that was handed over by the UK in 1987.

The new additions to India’s arsenal will enforce its military presence in the region as China’s influence continues to grow. Analysts say that overall India is lagging behind China in terms of its military capabilities.

C. Uday Bhaskar, a retired naval officer and former director of the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi, said the ship would “enhance India’s credibility” but it “would not alter the balance of power with China”.