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Originally posted by Seekerof
Link to the source:
"India buys Russian aircraft carrier"
"Defence officials in India say the government has approved the purchase of a refurbished Russian aircraft carrier.
The deal - worth more than US$1 billion is expected to be signed this week, during a visit to India by the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov.
The aircraft carrier, the Admiral Gorshkov, comes with MiG-29 combat jets and is capable of long-distance offensive operations.
It will take about four years to refit and will be a temporary replacement for an existing British-built carrier that is due for decommissioning.
Ananlysts say India aims to build its own aircraft carriers in less than a decade.
Until then, the Russian ship will greatly enhance the strike power of India's navy."
This is an interesting turn of events....
* Does India have the assets to adequately support this vessel while at sea? I'm assuming they do.
* Does India understand the costs and the battle group protection that will also be needed and required? And again, I am assuming that they do.
From what I can gather, India has had two in the past and the only active remaining one is the Virrant:
Seems that the Indian Ocean remains one serious piece of real estate, eh? India is becoming a serious thorn in the side of China in the Asian Zone.
Originally posted by smirkley
Lets see,....nuclear weapons, couple of warships, a couple of tonne of gold,....Pakistan/China as neighbors,..
Doesnt appear to be preparing for peace, but then again they could be just keeping a minimum armorment requirement by upgrading to a newer model.
Originally posted by ZeroDeep
What in the world is my mother land thinking?
I dont see the reason for this? Why spend so much money on weapons of war?
Originally posted by surfup
What do you think U.S. and U.S.S.R were thinking when they were spending trillions on nukes, that is right, the same time our mother country is thinking right now!!
Mass produce and scare the enemy.
The US won by being able to outspend the enemy (USSR).
Originally posted by ArchAngel
I would guess that India will equip the carrier with Harriers and Sea King helicopters as they already have carrier experience, and support for these types.
I doubt the Russians have and old Yak's around to go with this ship.