INS Vikra­ma­ditya de­ployed with MiG-29K air­craft: Navy Chief

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

In­dia’s largest war­ship, the air­craft car­rier INS Vikra­ma­ditya, is “op­er­a­tionally de­ployed” along with its fleet of MiG 29K com­bat air­craft, Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Robin Dhowan has said. “The navy has in­ducted air­craft car­rier INS Vikra­ma­ditya which is now op­er­a­tionally de­ployed with MiG 29K air­craft em­barked and be­ing flown by In­dian naval pi­lots,” he told re­porters.

The 44,500-tonne air­craft car­rier pro­cured from Rus­sia at a cost of $2.33 bil­lion had ar­rived in In­dia in Jan­uary this year and is sta­tioned at its home base in Kar­war in Kar­nataka.

Navy sources said the air­craft car­rier has al­ready taken part in one of the war games con­ducted re­cently by the Western Navy. The air­craft car­rier, which does not have air de­fence guns, is ex­pected to get its weaponry for pro­tec­tion against aerial at­tacks at its sched­uled first re­fit, they said.

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