Vikramaditya to combat Pak, China on high seas - The New Indian Express

Vikramaditya to combat Pak, China on high seas

Published: 17th Nov 2013 07:38:18 AM

Welcome to the elite club. When Indian Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday formally inducted INS Vikramaditya, the 44,500-tonne refitted aircraft carrier with the Russian MiG-29K combat jets on board, the whole world sat up and took notice, because it meant India becomes the only nation from Asia to operate a modern naval platform of this size and capability.

Pakistan has never operated one, while China has just refitted the old Ukrainian Varyag, bought as junk in 1998 and rechristened Liaoning last year.

Only other nations globally to operate such potent naval platforms are the US, UK, France and Brazil. With Vikramaditya’s induction, India has added its second such massive warship into the 150-warship fleet.

With the experience of having operated INS Vikrant between 1961 and 1997 and INS Viraat, since 1987, India knows the importance of a combat jet-carrying warship and what it means in enhancing the maritime warfare capability of any naval fleet.

That alone is reason enough for India buying the warship, Admiral Gorshkov, from Russia in 2004 and agreeing to pay $2.33 billion (`11,500 crore) in 2010 for the 80 per cent of the systems on board being replaced with new ones. “An aircraft carrier, carrying potent long range multi-role fighters (MiG-29K), is a platform inherently designed for power projection. In as much as ‘Gorshkov’ was transformed to create ‘Vikramaditya’, Vikramaditya will transform the face of the Indian Naval Fleet and Air Arm,” a senior naval officer said here.

Vikramaditya has boosted India’s power projection, strategic reach and blue water capability. It also propels Indian Navy’s transformation process into a modern force capable of protecting national interest anywhere on the globe, be it the latest maritime hotspot South China Sea in the East or the Gulf of Aden in the West.

When the under construction indigenous aircraft carrier, christened Vikrant, joins the fleet in 2018, Indian Navy would be capable of deploying two Carrier Battle Groups, the most feared warships flotilla with an aircraft carrier as its main component, on both the eastern and western seaboards at any given time. Vikramaditya stretches as much as three football fields and is literally a ‘floating city’ with power generation and water purification facilities of its own. Standing 22 storey tall, the sheer sight of the mega structure of steel can instill fear in the hostiles, what with its new generation maritime combat planes and weapons with capability to carry warheads to enemy shores.

The warship will sail out of Sevmash later this month, stocked with nearly a lakh of eggs, 20,000 litres of milk and 16 tonnes of rice for the month-long first voyage it will undertake to reach India’s western coast. Karwar naval base in Karnataka coast will be the home base of INS Vikramaditya.

An extensive revamp of sensors including fitm ent of Long range Air Surveillance Radars, Advanced Electronic Warfare Suite makes the ship capable of maintaining a surveillance bubble of over 500 km around it.

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Comments(3)

Dynamic dust to protect the people.Talking of containing Pakistan and China. When dozens of Indian fishermen are killed every year by the Sri Lankan Navy, they should have gone to at least rescue them,like the Chinese Navy does. When over a lakh of indigenous Indians were killed in Tiny Srilanka in eye view the Navy was drifting idly. It lacks political punch. The usage,cost,effectiveness of the carrier should be worth it's cost. It cannot be a showpiece,and it has to be an effective deterrent, and protective. ,first it is meant to protect the people.

this author is by birth Indian partiotic...when the whole world accepts that China is far superior than India...It is competing with US and Russia you people talk more...i always say Indians as Big Mouthed...right from politicians till the media...instead of saying just think why does US fears of China's carrier killer missile DF31..now you accept why in Indian still corrupted rules you...aged guys rule you...highly educated ruled by undereducated? Reason is simple...peoples brain are fresh...they never think whom they vote

Dear Joseph Frankel, I would urge you with respect to read and understand the srilankan civil war and the ethnicity of the people involved before posting. Srilanka has 3 groups of tamils 1, Srilankan Tamils ( not Indians - 16% of population) 2, Indian tamil tea plantation workers( Indian 4 % of population) 3, Moors ( Non Indian 3 % of population). Out of these the first group was the one that fought the majority Sinhalese. Both the Sinhalese and Srilankan tamils are indegenous to srilanka but are indic people, the Indian tamils are totally integrated into srilankan society and are respected there. India has high regards for Srilanka and is a major arms exporter and a trading partner.

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