The aircraft carrier built around the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Gorshkov" by profound modernization.
After a complete reconstruction of the ship changed its purpose: instead of antisubmarine aircraft carrying cruiser ship became vsepolnotsennym light aircraft carrier.
In the process of restructuring of the ship's hull on it was replaced by a large proportion of parts above the water line, power plant boilers changed, removed all weapons and established a new, anti-aircraft only. Restructuring has also undergone a hangar. On the deck of the ship set trehtrosovy arrester, trampoline and an optical landing system, two lifts. Accept cargo on board aircraft carrier able aircraft weighing up to 25 tons, among them the MiG-29K, S-54/55/56, Rafale-M, F/A-18. Also, the aircraft carrier will be in the Ka-28 and Ka-31, may be basing HAL Dhruv helicopter of Indian and Russian Ka-60 (Ka-64) "Killer Whale".
As of August 2009 at the Sevmash shipyard in the works to modernize the aircraft carrier were involved in 45 Indian professionals.
In February 2010, the Director General Nikolai Kalistratov and a group of professionals, "Sevmash" visited the Black Sea Shipyard in Nikolaev. The negotiations resulted in the transfer of experience Sevmash for three employees were invited to the Black Sea Shipyard, including the chief builder of the tunable carrier Eugene M. Entis.
In June 2010, the aircraft carrier arrived layout of the MiG-29K mass of 12 tons layout is designed for interagency tests on the ship's deck. That is to check the restraint used at the start of the aircraft.
Transfer of the Indian Navy ship is scheduled for December 4, 2012. In September 2011, the first access to the sea extended from November 2011 to the end of May 2012.
June 8, 2012 aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya" in the first went to sea on a full-scale tests.
During the first step, industrial sea trials in the Sea Snow White was made a series of measurements of physical fields of the ship, the crew worked through training on the aircraft carrier refueling and fresh water.
From mid-July 2012 held the second step of testing the Indian Navy aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya".
In tests involving an aircraft carrier and naval aviation units SF: aircrews and helicopters make scheduled flights of "Vikramaditya" in order to check the ship radar systems, air defense systems, communications and control systems aircraft.