Gorshkov`s cost includes $29 mn to Indian specialists: Navy

Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier bought from Russia finally cost India $ 2.33 billion, out of which $ 29 million was paid toward services rendered by Indian specialists and another $85 mn for repair technical documentation.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Admiral Gorshkov aircraft
carrier bought from Russia finally cost India $ 2.33 billion,
out of which $ 29 million was paid toward services rendered by
Indian specialists and another $ 85 million for repair
technical documentation.

India had early this year agreed to pay $ 2.33 billion,
over three times the $ 974 million it had signed a contract
for the 45,000-tonne warship in 2004, after a three-year
negotiation.

"The $ 29 million was paid for stationing 40-odd Indian
Navy personnel in Russia for over five years since 2004 to
assist, monitor and work on the repair and re-equipping of
Gorshkov," a Navy officer said here today.

"The $ 85 million for repair technical documentation was
for buying all detailed charts, diagrams and instructions for
the machinery and equipment that are on-board Gorshkov," the
officer said.

The technical documentation was bought as a complete set
right away because Gorshkov, rechristened INS Vikramaditya
would be the only warship of its class that India was buying
from Russia. Its delivery is scheduled for end of 2012.

"With these documents, India can carry on with repair and
maintenance of the warship within India independently without
having to send the aircraft carrier back to Russia, as we do
in the case of Kilo class submarines," he said.

The documentation cost would be much lower than the
maintenance and repair cost of the warship if it had to go to
Russia for the purpose, leave alone the cost of sailing there
and returning to India, he added.

India has also decided to create a repair infrastructure
for Gorshkov for which Russia would provide technical
documentation, toward which $ 8 million was spent by the Navy,
apart from $ 78 million for supply of equipment for the same
excluding the weapon repair facilities.

Of the $ 2.33 billion that was approved by the Cabinet
Committee on Security this year, a total of $ 1.783 billion go
toward repair and re-equipping of the aircraft carrier,
including $ 409 million for ship trials.

Of this, the original works that India had envisaged for
the warship cost $ 588 million and another $785 million went
toward additional works that Navy had asked the Sevmash
Russian shipyard to carry out on Gorshkov, according to cost
figures.

India also paid $ 276 million to Russia for base and
depot, and toward long-term exploitation of spares for the
warship.

The warship`s Indian crew training cost $ 63.4 million
and training of Indian repair specialist $ 4.48 million.

Another $ 1 billion went toward warship`s combat
exploitation documentation, the officer added.

PTI