Why India's Aircraft Carrier from Russia Was a Total Lemon
Key point: Buyers can't be choosers when there are very few sellers to pick from.
Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia.
India has been a big buyer of Russian weapons for 50 years. Those haven’t been easy years for New Delhi. India’s defense contracts with Russia have consistently suffered delays and cost overruns. And the resulting hardware doesn’t always work.
Of all India’s Russian procurement woes, none speak more to the dysfunctional relationship between the two countries than the saga of INS Vikramaditya. In the early 2000s, India went shopping for a new aircraft carrier. What followed was a military-industrial nightmare.
Wanted—one new(ish) carrier
In 1988, the Soviet Union commissioned the aircraft carrier Baku. She and her four sisters of the Kiev class represented a unique Soviet design. The front third resembled a heavy cruiser, with 12 giant SS-N-12 anti-ship missiles, up to 192 surface-to-air missiles and two 100-millimeter deck guns. The remaining two-thirds of the ship was basically an aircraft carrier, with an angled flight deck and a hangar.
Baku briefly served in the Soviet navy until the USSR dissolved in 1991. Russia inherited the vessel, renamed her Admiral Gorshkov and kept her on the rolls of the new Russian navy until 1996. After a boiler room explosion, likely due to a lack of maintenance, Admiral Gorshkov went into mothballs.
In the early 2000s, India faced a dilemma. The Indian navy’s only carrier INS Viraat was set to retire in 2007. Carriers help India assert influence over the Indian Ocean—not to mention, they’re status symbols. New Delhi needed to replace Viraat, and fast.
India’s options were limited. The only countries building carriers at the time—the United States, France and Italy—were building ships too big for India’s checkbook. In 2004, India and Russia struck a deal in which India would receive Admiral Gorshkov. The ship herself would be free, but India would pay $974 million dollars to Russia to upgrade her.
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Adam2 days ago
Russian Air Craft Carrier is a White Elephant ---------- looks good but does not work
" The ship herself would be free, but India would pay $974 million dollars to Russia to upgrade her."
hahaha that's a deal that puts u at the mercy of Russia if ever I saw one..
When India opened the repair manual all it had was a picture of duct tape.
I hope the ship yard gets more carriers to build, this way most will be in dry dock the majority of the time for repairs and no threat to anyone. You get what you pay for when it comes to things like this.
Who in their right mind buys a ship from a country that doesn't have a warm-water port?
Do you think when the Captain called tech support the call just routed to the guy sitting next to him?
Admiral Gorshkov is “aircraft cruiser”, not “aircraft carrier”. It seems the author doesn’t see any difference. Russians don’t build the carriers. They build cruisers with quite powerful rocket systems, very advanced ones. But they would like to have some planes on board for any case.
When you buy a used Aircraft Carrier from Russia, It does not come with a Warranty! LOL
As an American, all I can say if these results continue. Continue to use their services.
The Russians brag about having the largest machine in the world.It takes 2 people to steer it and 500 people to push it!
India's mistake was taking the carrier for free, then paying Russia for the work. Russia played them for fools. They should have just bought the carrier outright, then asked for bids on the work from shipyards in other countries.
Trusting the Russian was their first mistake, then agreeing to a deal with them is their second.
Because it was MADE IN RUSSIA! That is why it is a lemon. What do you expect when their only one has to have tug boats go with it to tow it back to port.
Offered the product for under a billion and wanted to change the price, after the agreement was made, to about 4 billion. Sounds like a few auto-body shops I dealt with in the past!
As next step, India can consider to buy Air Craft Carrier from China. China only take three years to build a new on on average
Question: How does a Russian admiral review his surface fleet?
Answer: With a GLASS BOTTOMED BOAT!!!!
INDIA having learned its lesson is building its own third Aircraft carrier which will go into service in few yrs.
The world is fascinated by death and destruction. Fixated on it. We never ever even consider living in peace with each other. And for good reason. It is very profitable.
What did they expect? It was bought from the Russians. Did India think they were getting a choice piece for the price they paid. But look at it this way, it is probably better then what they had before. Rowboats with paddles.
Socialists the lowest form
WELL THAT'S WHAT USUALLY RUSSIAN AND CHINESE EQUIPMENT TEND TO BE, NO??!!��
I heard that Tech Support was unable to solve the problem.
The ship is so successful India finally broke down and began building their own carriers. The ship will probably be scrapped in a couple years and India will write it off ans a disastrous vanity move. It is also a major reason India is opening up to the US and to Britain.
These people are chisel headed. Remember the Pakistan-US fighter jet that downed the India-Russian fighter jet?
I heard it wasn't that bad. It came with its fleet of tug boats. So what's the problem, as the Russians say.
You get what you pay for! Try France?
China is building 003 and 004, a nuke carrier. At that time, Russia and India love to buy the 001 training but combat-ready 001 Chinese carrier, lots of upgrades done.
Better late than never, India's current efforts to join forces with Europe is the only option
Buying a carrier from Russia would be like ordering that taco from Burger King. Poor decision making
Haven't had that many laughs from a Yahoo-posted story ever!