Conducted sea trials in Russia Indian Naval Ship "INS Vikramaditya" has generated controversies and originally named embarrassing failure, in fact, are an obvious success, and problems with the power plant caused to the ship during the tests are not nearly as severe as it is reported in the media. This writes the last Indian The Hindu.
After returning to the ship Sevmash week ago, a group monitoring the Indian Navy, which closely tracked the process of running tests and concluded that in general the ship proved to be exceptionally good, and the testing program has largely been completed.
The test results were analyzed, and the issues to be improved, reflected in the minutes, signed by Vice-Admiral Niranjan Kumar Nadella (Nadella Niranjan Kumar), head of the production and procurement of warships.
The main outcome of the sea trials the ship can be called the ship of the Indian Navy, "Vikramaditya", converted from the carrier "Admiral Gorshkov", which took on board the aircraft and missiles, and has stood the test and became a full-fledged high-performance aircraft carrier. The ship demonstrated excellent seaworthiness and maneuverability and has worked flawlessly during takeoffs and landings. The complex avionics, navigation equipment and other vehicle systems have shown their high efficiency and reliability.
Faulty boilers, identified during the test vessel for the development of a full stroke, will not lead to their replacement or removal. The problem boils down to the need to replace the insulation pad that is located between the steel casing and boiler brickwork. At the request of Indian professionals Russian side refused to use the traditional asbestos material, and new material is slightly deformed during the course of a full set of the ship, which led to the partial collapse of masonry. Currently, the Indian side agreed to the use of asbestos board.
The problem with the boiler has not prevented "Vikramaditya" to complete the test. Informed sources told The Hindu, that Indian Navy officers were particularly impressed with the flight program. Fighter of the 4 + + MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB completed 41 perfect take-off and landing with full combat load and external fuel tanks. Collaboration optical and electronic landing systems of the Russian and Indian manufacturing has allowed Russian pilots during landing in 70 percent of cases capture the second of the three arresting gear cables, which is considered an excellent result.
The ship displacement of 44 tons and has demonstrated excellent maneuverability, describing at a speed of 18 knots circulation of 360 degrees with a minimum radius equal to the length of one and a half blocks.
In addition to fault with boilers have also been found to be defective in some other equipment installed at the insistence of the Indian side, such as chillers, nitrogen generators and compressors, made in Germany, England, Poland, and India itself.
According to the source, Russian shipbuilders have promised to complete all repairs until early next year, but given that the preliminary trials in the White Sea can only start at the end of May, when the ice melts, "Vikramaditya" will be handed over to Indian Navy until the autumn of next year.
Original publication: INS Vikramaditya trials termed successful