confirmed as Russia submits revised master schedule for delivery of INS Vikramaditya
19 November 2007
minister, AK Antony, has confirmed a growing suspicion that overall progress in
the repair and refurbishment of aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya (ex-Admiral
Gorshkov), currently underway at a Russian shipyard, is very slow and that the
acquisition is of the carrier is going to be delayed. In a written reply to Member
of Parliament, Uday Singh, Antony said that the Russian side had submitted a revised
master schedule indicating a delay in the project.
to Antony, the Russian side has attributed the delays to "Growth of Work."
his reply, Antony has also mentioned other known facts, namely that an apex level
committee, under the defence secretary, as well as a steering committee under
a vice admiral have been set up to supervise the project.
also mentioned that a team has been stationed at the shipyard where the repair
and re-equipping work is going on, and that from time to time, teams of senior
officers are sent to monitor progress. Relevant matters, he said, are also taken
up between the two countries at the appropriate level.
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