India will not be able to take delivery of aircraft carrier Vikrant due to delays in securing aviation equipment for the ship, according to local media.

INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India.

The Financial Express cited Indian Defence Minister Sripad Naik as saying that “issues with the delivery of aviation equipment from Russia” was the cause. However, Russian media outlet TASS later quoted an ‘anonymous Russian source’ saying Moscow has yet to receive any order for new MiG-29K carrier-borne fighters.

“Russia is waiting for a request from the Indian Defense Ministry for the delivery of deck-based MiG-29K fighters for the Vikrant. That is why, it is not quite correct to claim that the delivery of the aircraft carrier to the Indian Navy is being delayed because of Russia. The Indian side has not yet issued even a call to bid in a tender for the supply of deck-based aircraft, although the Indian side made the relevant inquiry back in 2017.”

So it’s somewhat unclear what is actually happening.

The ship’s completion and commissioning had been delayed several times. She was originally intended to be delivered in December 2010 and commissioned in 2016. This however was later postponed, with sea trials to begin in 2017 and commissioning planned for 2018.

Now, should all go to plan, Vikrant will be fully operational by 2022.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
31 Comments
oldest
newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Peter E
Peter E
1 year ago

That would be the second country (that’s not the UK) building a “Carrier without planes”

Maybe some of our Scottish friends would like to give them and Turkey the benefit of their copious advice on this subject?

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter E

Not sure it’s just Scottish people who have a distinct lack of military awareness or procurement, bringing into service and commissioning issues. There are plenty of arm chair generals who know diddly squat. I personally would be happier if the UK got on and built the type 31s, type 26s and astute class with a bit more urgency and confirmed an order for at least another 48 f35bs and another 5-7 Poseidon. Then I would sleep a lot better at night. Dominic Cummings is right we have gone from having armed forces in the 1980s and 1990s that offered a… Read more »

Paul42
Paul42
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Cummings needs to put his money where his mouth is and ensure the next defence review addresses all the issues including funding. He’s dead right in the Bangs for bucks, we have one obsolete anti-ship missile for the Navy and even then no where near enough. Plus we’re building an over-sized Corvette with a pitiful if not shamefull armament. Come on Dom – do something about it!!

Meirion X
Meirion X
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul42

Order 19 sets of NSM, for T31s, T23s and T45s.

Paul42
Paul42
1 year ago
Reply to  Meirion X

Order a Large Supply of LRASM , put it on all our surface ships and on F35B and P8

Ron
Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

From my understanding a further 30 have been ordered.

Cam
Cam
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

It’s the reserve that gets me! What happens in a major war when we loose say hundreds of our tanks! We don’t have tanks to replace the ones lost. But I fear there’s smaller items like missiles that we couldn’t replace quick enough!

Meirion X
Meirion X
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter E

Here, Here!

4thwatch
4thwatch
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter E

Vikrant looks like a Hermes on steroids. Many similar features esp the bow area. Just saying and why not.

Paul T
Paul T
1 year ago
Reply to  4thwatch

It would make an interesting comparison with PLAN’s Shandong,seeing as both are basically Reverse Engineered First Home Built versions of their Russian Forebears.

Fedaykin
Fedaykin
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul T

The new INS Vikrant doesn’t really share much design wise with the Project 11435 Kuznetsov Class, it is a new design developed with the help of Fincantieri of Italy and Nevskoye Design Bureau of Russia.

LL
LL
1 year ago
Reply to  Fedaykin

The bow looks like Russian, the side and structure like Cavour.

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago
Reply to  Fedaykin

Fedaykin:
Since Russian MiG-29K fighters and Kamov helicopters would be the aircraft onboard IAC1 Vikrant, Russia’s Nevskoye Design Bureau was chosen to design the aviation facility. Just that.
Italian firm Fincantieri was the main consultant. 

Fedaykin
Fedaykin
6 months ago

Er, that is what I said?!

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
4 months ago
Reply to  Fedaykin

@𝙁𝙚𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣: “𝟒𝙩𝙝𝙬𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝” had said: 𝑽𝒊𝒌𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒊𝒅𝒔. 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒔𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒓 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒆𝒔𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒘 𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒂. I was just clarifying that there was no British technical input for IAC-1 Vikrant. The 45,400 tonne deactivated and mothballed Admiral Gorshkov was offered free to India. We were only to pay US$800 million for the upgrade and refit of the ship. But… Russia ripped us off. After years of negotiations, we ended up paying a final price of $2.35 billion for the vessel that entered into service with the Indian Navy in 2013 as INS Vikramaditya. An additional $2.2 billion was paid… Read more »

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter E

Peter E:
India ordered a total of 45 Mikoyan MiG-29K twin engine fighters and equipment worth $2.2 billion in two separate orders — in 2004 and 2010. This was meant for 2 aircraft carriers.
It certainly is more aircraft than can be accomodated on the 284 metre (930 ft) INS Vikramaditya.
The newly constructed 262 metre (860 ft) / 40,000T INS Vikrant will be commissioned only early next year.
So your statement – “That would be the second country (that’s not the UK) building a carrier without planes”, is erroneous

Cam
Cam
1 year ago

Don’t you order critical parts first. Indians suck

Glass Half Full
Glass Half Full
1 year ago

With tongue firmly planted in cheek … perhaps the Indians were after Russian planes that can actually land on a carrier versus in the sea, and after the last Russian excursion to Syria by Kuznetsov, the Indians felt there was a gap in the spec?

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago

Glass Half Full:  It was literally a case of 𝒄𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒕𝒉.  After signing the deal for a refurbished 284 metre (930 ft) Russian aircraft carrier, the Navy realised there wasn’t any deck-based fighter suitable for such a small carrier. (The last deck-based fighter the Navy had was the STOVL BAe Sea Harrier.) The Indian Navy had to coax the Russians to modify the Mikoyan MiG-29 for carrier- based operations. The resulting MiG-29𝗞 was not something the Indian Navy was happy with, but they grudgingly accepted it.  The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its July… Read more »

Ryan Connelly
Ryan Connelly
1 year ago

Somewhat concerned about the amount of kit India is getting from Russia. Considering it’s geographical position a Russia aligned India seems to be something we should be worried about?

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryan Connelly

I wouldn’t be too worried, India has for may decades enjoyed friendly relations with both the West and the Russians / Soviets. By playing both sides off against each other they have always managed to drive a hard bargain and acquire an advanced and effective arsenal for their area of the world. One example would be in 1987 when the Indian navy bought HMS Hermes, that same year they purchased a nuclear submarine from the Soviet Union. The IAF has had and continues to have a diverse inventory: Hunters, Vampires, Jaguars, Mig-21’s, Antonov’s etc. They just want a good product… Read more »

julian1
julian1
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel

You look at the number of professional Indians in the UK, USA particularly and Canada and particularly how well they are doing in those societies, and you just think that culturally, India is much better aligned to the west. India props up the US universities system in terms of course fees and STEM research, you could probably say the same for the UK too

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel

There is also the proxy rivalry, Russia supplying arms to India because China has been supplying them to Pakistan to use it as a buffer state.

Led to a pretty intense arms race on the Indian subcontinent.

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Daniel: Around half a century ago, though India did term itself as ‘non-alingned’, it had to align itself with the USSR/Soviets because the US supported Pakistan with arms and funds. In the last two decades, India has also been buying arms from the US, France, Italy, Israel, etc. Since there is a ban on nuclear submarines being sold, in 1986, India decided to wet lease a nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine from the Soviet Union for 10 years. However, on account of severe restrictions placed on its use, the lease agreement was terminated by India in less than 3 years. In… Read more »

Cam
Cam
1 year ago

That’s Russia for you, they talk the talk but can barely walk the walk.

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
1 year ago

Indian Navy is in the process of purchasing 57 aircraft – MRCBF. Mig 29k, Rafale M and F18SH are the contenders. https://web.archive.org/web/20170608115603/http://www.janes.com/article/67252/india-seeks-new-naval-fighter-to-replace-rejected-tejas-lca However, since the bid was initiated, the Tejas has recently been doing tests for ramp take off and arrestor landing. So the Tejas which was originally deemed unsuitable, may be considered the longer this process drags on. Indian tenders just take a long time, look at MMRCA 2.0 still ongoing a decade later. In the meantime, Indian Navy already has 2 squadrons of Mig29K for the carrier INS Vikramaditya, so they can transfer the squadrons from carrier to… Read more »

Frank62
Frank62
1 year ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

In terms of chaotic procurement the UK is a world leader,

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

Lordtemplar:
In early 2016, when the Indian Navy did briefly consider the purchase of 57 additional carrier-based fighters, the only contenters were the Boeing F/A-18 and Dassault Rafale-M. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗚-𝟮𝟵 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
India ordered a total of 45 Mikoyan MiG-29K twin engine fighters and equipment worth $2.2 billion in two separate orders — in 2004 and 2010, to serve as deck-based fighters. The aircraft turned out to have abysmally low servicability, so ordering more of these were out of question.
It was later decided that India would design and 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘁𝘄𝗶𝗻-𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿. 

Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
Stanley Thomas (Mumbai)
6 months ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

Lordtemplar: 
The plan for a 3rd aircraft carrier is on hold. It’s not exactly for lack of budget. The feeling is that more SSBNs and SSNs would be a more effective way to counter PLAN (Chinese Navy) in the Indian Ocean. 
The Indian Navy has two 6,000 tonne Arihant-class SSBNs, nuclear-powered submarines which can launch ballistic missiles.
Two more 7,000 tonne SSBNs – S4 and S4*, are on the way. These have twice the missile carrying capability of the Arihant-class. 
A project is under way to build 6 SSNs, nuclear-powered submarines which can launch conventional cruise missiles. 

Frank62
Frank62
1 year ago

India has a much larger escort force than our RN & yet she equips the INS Vikrant with a 4-tier AA/anti-missile self-defence. If only we would remember the lessons we learnt at huge cost in the past & give our ships the necessary kit rather than playing Russian roulette with our precious few ships & crews.
It should be in some way comforting that the Indian navy has its own lunicies, but it doesn’t comfort me at all.

David Flandry
David Flandry
1 year ago

The lack of aviation equipment is definitely a negative factor for an aircraft carrier.