First In­dian car­rier not be­fore 2017

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

In an­other ma­jor de­lay dog­ging In­dia’s most am­bi­tious ship­build­ing ef­fort, the coun­try’s de­but home-built air­craft car­rier of the new Vikrant class will not be com­mis­sioned into ser­vice with the In­dian Navy be­fore 2017 – putting down a cu­mu­la­tive de­lay of six years from ini­tial pro­jec­tions. The fresh pro­jec­tion is a two-year de­lay over and above the last time frame of 2015. Navy chief Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma has in­di­cated se­ri­ous prob­lems in the in­stal­la­tion of gear­boxes, com­pounded by an un­for­tu­nate road ac­ci­dent from Pune to Kochi in which a truck freight­ing gener- ators for the brand new air­craft car­rier met with an ac­ci­dent, com­pelling Cochin Ship­yard Ltd to send the equip­ment back to the OEM for in­spec­tion and re­pair. When the Navy chief was asked about the fol­low on air­craft car­rier (which may or may not be built at CSL), re­ported to be in line to be chris­tened Vishal, the Navy chief said, “It’s too soon to talk about that. I’ve got more press­ing pri­or­i­ties now.” It is known that the Vishal class of car­rier will be a larger class of over 60,000 tonnes. Naval de­sign­ers and plan­ners are cur­rently de­lib­er­at­ing over the de­sign philoso­phies that the new class will be im­bued with, in­clud­ing air­craft launch con­fig­u­ra­tion, propul­sion and other dy­nam­ics.

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