Russians have apologised for delay in delivery of Gorshkov, says Narayanan

November 14th, 2007 - 10:30 am ICT by admin  

On Board Air India One, Nov.11 (ANI): The Russians have apologised to India over the delay in delivering the aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov.

National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, who is accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his two-day visit to Russia, revealed this today during an interaction with the media onboard Air India One.

Narayanan told reporters that Russian had not anticipated the ‘problems’ and came to know later that more repair work needed to be done on the 44,570-tonne aircraft carrier, which will be re-christened as INS Vikramaditya, once it is inducted into the Indian Navy.

The aircraft carrier was initially supposed to join the Indian Navy by August 2008.

Admiral Gorshkov’s early delivery will be part of New Delhi’s agenda when Dr. Singh holds Summit-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Narayanan said the discussion would focus on reducing the period of delivery to a period of one year to 18 months.

The deal was initially signed for 58 billion rupees (1.5 billion dollars) in January 2004, but the cost is expected to rise due to the enhanced Rupee-Rouble escalation rate that India recently agreed to. (ANI)

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