Russia to deliver aircraft carrier to India in late 2012

09:12, February 17, 2010      

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Russia will deliver the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India at the end of 2012, the deputy head of Russia's agency for military-technical cooperation said on Tuesday.

Under an original 1.5-billion-dollar contract signed several years ago, Russia should have supplied the aircraft carrier to India in 2008. The delivery has been postponed as Moscow claimed it had underestimated the cost of the refurbishment and demanded extra payment.

A supplementary deal is expected to be signed in February or March, Alexander Fomin, first deputy director of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service, was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies while attending an arms fair in New Delhi.

The new agreement involves additional funding and the schedule of work, he said, adding that the deadline for the delivery is late 2012.

Russia has finished about 70 percent of the aircraft carrier's overhaul and the tests will start in 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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