Since commissioning its first aircraft carrier, China's navy has conducted more exercises farther away from its shores and flexing its muscle by closely patrolling areas in disputed waters where Chinese companies are drilling for oil, a top US Air Force commander has said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday dedicated to the nation INS Vikramaditya, India`s largest and most powerful aircraft carrier, marking his first visit to a military facility after assuming office. He called it a "giant step in India`s naval prowess".
The 20-storey tall INS Vikramaditya, which was visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday, is practically a floating city, with a staggering 100,000 eggs and 20,000 litres of milk being consumed a month.
Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on Friday a plea of the Centre seeking modification of an earlier order virtually stopping the dismantling process of India`s first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant decommissioned in 1997.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expects to visit China`s aircraft carrier when he arrives in the country on Monday, a US official said, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to highlight a potent symbol of its military buildup.
The aircraft carrier Liaoning carried out more than 100 tests, including of its combat systems, and has now docked at port in the northern city of Qingdao, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Wednesday.
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Union and the state governments to file replies to a petition demanding that INS Vikrant, India`s first aircraft carrier, now decommissioned, be preserved and not scrapped.
The commissioning of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya into the Indian Navy from Russia shows how addicted the Indian establishment is to outmoded thinking, a Pakistani daily said in an editorial Monday.
The late delivery of the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier will not adversely impact Indo-Russian defence cooperation as such major projects are not very common, a top Russian shipbuilder said on Friday.