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16 Deep Modernization of the Airborne Cruiser

Deep Modernization of the Airborne Cruiser

Posted on July 22, 2012 by team


A light aircraft carrier “Vikramaditya” is intended to replace an Indian worn out aircraft carrier “Vikrant”. When finished it must become a flagship of Indian naval forces. This airship carrier was constructed on the basis of an aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser “Admiral Gorshkov” that underwent deep modernization. Today it’s in the navy of India, till December 2012 it will have been tested.

After the reconstruction the airborne antisubmarine cruiser turned into the light aircraft carrier.

Thay had to replace most of the elements above the waterline, utility boilers, all the equipment was replaced with new, exceptionally anti-aircraft one. The shed was also rebuilt. The aircraft carrier will be able to take aboard aircrafts with mass up to 25 tons. Helicopters Ka-28 and Ka-31 will be located on the aircraft carrier. Russian Ka-60 (Ka-64) and Indian HAL Dhruv might be also located aboard.

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16 Responses to “Deep Modernization of the Airborne Cruiser”

  1. misterkrad says:

    that’s some yamato shit right there!

  2. DouglasU says:

    Adding a new ship on top of an old ship usually does not work. Best to start from scratch.. Probably will not be really seaworthy. This is a recipe for disaster.

    • hah says:

      That is not a ship though. It’s a floating box. It moves around by excessive force that would move even a small mountain. It floats in stable manner simply because of the great mass and great displacement. The extra layers will do no harm, especially as all the modern designs have several layers (for noise insulation, radar cross section decreasing, cavitation producing, and armor).

  3. Sasha says:

    The hull was changed too, it is not simply building more structure on the old hull.

  4. Mitch says:

    HMS Buratino.

  5. Takolander says:

    Good photos! :)
    About the disaster thing: I think the ship looked pretty stable underneath the waterline, construction wise that is. But I’m not an expert on big ships…we’ll just have to wait and see ;)

  6. WWtS says:

    “Airborne cruiser”… I’ve grossly underestimated Russian war technology.

    • Tillerman says:

      You should try to understand the message instead of nitpicking on someone who is obviously not a native English speaker. Igor and his team do a really great job here.

  7. Edwin says:

    yea refurbished good idea, in china now in india, yea like the jets and tanks in southamerica but still working like for the Falkland war, the sukoi from Peru.

  8. jeffrey pigden says:

    They have to keep calling it a cruiser. The Turks & the UN won’t allow an aircraft carrier to transit the Dardanelles!

  9. ouje says:

    Not bad, not bad at all.. Russians were always into good creative bodywork ;)

  10. Muzzlehatch says:

    India doesn’t have enough money to build a carrier from scratch right now, so this is the next best thing.
    Must not have been a lot of fun working on this in the dead of winter.

    • Manu says:

      India is also building its own indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-1. Work on another aircraft carrier IAC-2 has also started. :)

  11. Osip says:

    This ship should will be put to good usage in crushing the Pakis in the next war.

  12. OldBikr says:

    You gotta admit though, once she was painted, she shows some nice lines.

    I was kinda surprised to see she was not built up in a dry-dock though. I am used to seeing this kind of work take place right in the water, not completely high and dry.

    I think it would be interesting to see how she was moved into the water.

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