The much-awaited aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov, currently undergoing trials in Russia, is likely to be commissioned in Indian Navy by the end of next year, Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi said on Monday.
A senior Indian Navy officer actively involved in the acquisition of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov is being probed for his alleged "linkage" with some Russians that could have resulted in the cost escalation of the project
India and Russia will be inking several
pacts ranging from defence to civil nuclear sectors worth over USD 10 bn during Vladamir Putin`s visit which will also see signing of the much-delayed agreement for Admiral Gorshkov`s cost.
After the induction of MiG
29K maritime fighters on Friday, its pilots will have to wait
till 2012 for the Shore-based Test Facility to be ready
for their training for `arrested landing` on Admiral Gorshkov.
With the completion of protracted
talks between India and Russia to fix the cost of Admiral
Gorshkov aircraft carrier, the Navy on Saturday said it was waiting
for the government`s approval to the final price.
Ending a year-long wait, the first
batch of MiG-29K naval fighter jets, purchased from Russia for
the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, arrived in Goa Friday evening, three years ahead of the warship.
Calling Defence cooperation a "key
pillar" in Indo-Russian relations, PM Manmohan
Singh voiced confidence that two countries will
find "practical solutions" to the problems dogging the Admiral
Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal.