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  1. 1

    Aditya

    So does this mean that the Vikrant and Vikramaditya are gonna be bogged down with 'unexpected' delays?

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    Anonymous

    Flog the Old lady for all she's worth. 🙂

    A point of reference-2 out the 3 British Invincible Class carriers which were the successors of the Viraat have retired last month albeit a forced retirement due to economic reasons, although one of them (HMS Illustrious)is in operation.

    What is our fascination with keeping vintage platforms in operation? The Viraat and the Jalashwa not to mention the lone Foxtrot sub still in service? Couple that with the 30 yr old Gorshkov which we will be inducting (yes it's 70% new but it was still inducted 30 yrs back,right?) in 2012.

    Don't these old platforms require a lot of maintenance to keep them afloat? Why doesn't the Navy count the cost of maintenance while deploying platforms not to mention reduced operational time and the risk to safety?

    Tats

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  3. 4

    Anonymous

    dear mr. aroor,

    can you elaborate on why there would be a need for an extension on the viraat? thanks

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  4. 5

    iambob

    Just because it "can" doesn't mean it "should."

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    Abhik

    though viraat has got a new life of another 10 tears,it remains to be seen for how long can we sustain the operations of the harrier jump jets.without them viraat it just a toothless junk of heavy metal.the indigenous LCA tejas naval version is ages away from operationalisation,which makes the harrier the only option,which itself needs some serious retrofit.hope it alo gets the same indian "jugaad "to keep it alive as viraat got

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  6. 7

    Anonymous

    Shiv, is there any report of how much all these half-yearly-bandages to this ship have cost us so far?

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    Anonymous

    To all worried readers:
    As Viraat is going to swim in billon years old sea, it is no harm to use 50 years old ship. It is just the frame that is 50 years old. All the other components will be regularly changed ….

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    Anonymous

    In Nov 1980, a MiG-21FL of No.47 Squadron, operating from Chabua successfully intercepted a Chinese Illyusin 18 aircraft that strayed into Indian Territory. The aircraft was let go but not before it was photographed by the pilot, Wg Cdr M S Vasudeva, who was the CO of the Squadron at that time. Photo Courtesy: Illustrated History of 47 Squadron

    http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Galleries/History/1970s/Misc/Archer-Interception.jpg.html

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  9. 11

    Anonymous

    do we really need an aircraft carrier, when our neighbours are our enemies?

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    Anonymous

    When is the IAC-II coming?? Shivji can you kindly throw some light on this project?? Wiki says it will be a CATOBAR platform with a displacement of above 65,000 tons. Issat true??

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    Jay

    May be indian navy want to operate 3 carrier.But sure she will be just a helicopter carrier, because even though she has life in it but what about Harrier.Indian Navy has left with just 8 Harriers FRS Mk.1. But Still Helicopter carrier is not a bad option. Operating LCA may possible but too costly to modify INS Viraat to Handle them.

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