NEW DELHI (TIP): Russia has said it would deliver the refurbished aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov to India in the fourth quarter of 2013 and attributed the delay to a malfunction in the boiler of the warship.
India voiced “serious concerns” over the delay, but has decided not to impose any penalty. Russia also made it clear that the prototype of the fifth generation fighter aircraft will be delivered to India in 2014; its actual production will start in 2020. Issues related to the delay of Admiral Gorshkov, rechristened INS Vikramaditya by the Indian Navy, figured prominently in the discussions between Defence Minister A.K. Antony and the visiting Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. “We have detected a malfunction in the boiler and power plant of the ship. We have given the revised schedule of the delivery of the aircraft carrier to the Indian side,” the Russian defense minister told reporters at a joint press conference after the talks.