Aircraft Carriers

  • Indian Navy Light Combat Aircraft to soon begin test flights July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The naval variant of India's indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) is due to soon begin ramp trials. Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to the Defence Minister and Director General Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told India Strategic magazine (www.indiastrategic.in) that the LCA-Navy had already done more than 25 test...
  • More US troops to Iraq, special forces considered June 17, 2014

    Washington: The US is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war. President Barack Obama...
  • US considers air strikes on Iraq, holds talks with Iran June 17, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama considered options for military action to support Iraq's besieged government on Monday, and US and Iranian officials held talks to stabilize the region, which has been roiled by the advance of Sunni rebels toward Baghdad. Obama, who was being presented with recommendations from his top national security...
  • Ships move into Gulf as US lays out goals for Iraq June 15, 2014

    Washington: A US aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George...
  • China's aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait November 28, 2013

    Beijing: China's first aircraft carrier passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, the narrow strip of waters separating China and Taiwan, as it headed to the disputed South China Sea on its maiden voyage for training. It took about 10 hours for aircraft carrier Liaoning and its four escort ships to get...
  • Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya completes trials in Russia September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Moving a step closer towards its induction in the Navy, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya has completed all its trials in Russia, where it is presently undergoing refit. Vikramaditya, formerly known as Admiral Gorskhov, was undergoing trials during the last two months in the Barents Sea and the White...
  • Defence secy Radha Krishna Mathur to visit Russia next week August 15, 2013

    Progress made in the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier project and issues over the pricing of the under-development fifth generation fighter aircraft project are expected to be discussed during Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur's visit to Moscow next week. The Defence Secretary is leading a high-level tri-services team comprising three-star rank officers...
  • India launches its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant August 12, 2013

    Kochi: India launched its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch took place in Cochin...
  • India to launch its 1st indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant today August 12, 2013

    Kochi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Monday. It is the biggest warship to be built by India and will also mark India's entry into a select club of countries capable of designing and building a carrier of this size. The launch will take place...
  • India's first indigenous aircraft carrier to be launched on August 12 August 2, 2013

    India's first indigenous aircraft carrier will be formally launched on August 12 at Kochi Harbour. Designed by Indian naval architects and built using Indian made steel, the carrier displaces more than 32,000 tonnes. When fully operational in 2018 it will have early warning radar and two runaways for launching aircraft....
  • India to launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier 'Vikrant' on August 12 August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier, Vikrant, on August 12 from the Kochi shipyard. This will make India the fifth country after the US, Russia, Britain and France to have the capability to build such vessels. Talking to media persons here, navy vice chief Vice Admiral RK...
  • 'Leasing cos cautious towards Indian aircraft carriers' March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The court battle among airport operators, tax authorities and Kingfisher Airlines' lessors over repossession of its planes may have a negative impact on other Indian carriers leasing aircraft from global leasing companies, a leading aviation consultancy firm has said. Major aircraft leasing companies and financers have started adopting...
  • China's nuclear powered aircraft carrier programme rings alarm bells March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: China's plans of building a nuclear powered aircraft carrier using reactors of existing submarines has led to alarm bells ringing as the warships could be used to patrol the Indian Ocean, which is 2,500 km from its coast. So is China flexing its muscles in India's strategic space...
  • China must not make N-carriers recklessly: expert December 20, 2012

    Beijing: China possesses the ability to build nuclear powered aircraft carriers but should not start 'recklessly' expanding before sorting out issues relating to application of nuclear technology, a defence expert said. The comments followed reports that China plans to build nuclear power aircraft carriers in future to follow up the...
  • India to get aircraft carrier Gorshkov by the end of 2013 October 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov will be handed over towards the end of next year, Russia said on Wednesday as India conveyed its "serious concern" over the prolonged delay and asked it to adopt a "wartime approach" for ensuring its early delivery. The issue came up at a meeting...
  • Chinese Navy gets first aircraft carrier September 25, 2012

    Beijing: China on Tuesday launched its first aircraft carrier, propelling its fast expanding navy's blue-water capability beyond its territorial waters at a time when the neighbourhood is witnessing high-voltage tensions in Sino-Japan ties. The 60,000 tonne carrier, a former Soviet ship brought from Ukraine and later refurbished locally is named 'Liaoning',...
  • India aircraft carrier will arrive five months late: Russia September 22, 2012

    Moscow: Russia will put off delivery of a renovated $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India by five months to fix defects in its construction, a state shipbuilder said, blaming some of the problems on NATO-supplied equipment. Sources close to Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport told Reuters earlier this week that problems with...
  • Russian aircraft carrier delivery to India delayed September 18, 2012

    Moscow: Russia will fail to deliver an aircraft carrier to India this year, after the $2.3 billion vessel encountered engine problems during testing, sources close to the country's weapons exporter said on Monday. "Fixing the problem entails changing the engines or repairing them. It will take around nine months, maybe more...
  • India's carrier, N-submarine programme delayed August 8, 2012

    New Delhi: India's key navy programmes, the indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) and the nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant, are running late, with the carrier's induction pushed to 2017 and the submarine to be inducted only sometime next year. The aircraft carrier was originally scheduled for induction in 2015 and the nuclear submarine...
  • India starts work on second indigenous aircraft carrier July 17, 2012

    New Delhi: India has started working on its second indigenous aircraft carrier even as the construction of the first one has been marred by delay of over two years. The Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)-II would be the largest ship in terms of the weight and size to have ever...
  • Navy to induct over 90 fighting platforms in a decade April 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Aiming to establish itself as a blue water force in real terms, Indian Navy will be inducting more than 90 fighting platforms in another decade, including aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is likely to be commissioned later this year. "Under the Maritime Perspective Plan (MPP), around 50 of...
  • China's first carrier to be commissioned in Aug March 9, 2012

    Beijing: China's first aircraft carrier is likely to be commissioned on August 1 and deployed in the disputed South China Sea, boosting its blue water aspirations. "The military authority plans to let the aircraft carrier be commissioned this year," Deputy Commander of Chinese navy Xu Hongmeng said. The yet to be...
  • PM raises Gorshkov aircraft carrier issue with Russia December 17, 2011

    Moscow: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has raised with Russia the issue of delay in the delivery of Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to the Indian navy, saying it was important for India that the ship arrives in time. The Gorshkov issue was raised by the Prime Minister during the 12th Indo-Russian...
  • China launches first aircraft carrier August 11, 2011

    Beijing: China launched its first aircraft carrier for a maiden run on Wednesday, a step likely to boost patriotic pride at home and jitters abroad about Beijing's naval ambitions. The long-awaited debut of the vessel, a refitted former Soviet craft, marked a step forward in China's long-term plan to build a...
  • China testing aircraft carrier killer missile July 12, 2011

    Beijing: China's ambitious new long range ballistic missile with a range of 2,700 km dubbed as carrier-killer is undergoing tests, a top military official has said. Chen Bingde, chief of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff acknowledged that China is developing Dongfeng-21D with an ability to strike moving targets -...
  • US carriers would be targeted if attacked: Iran July 9, 2011

    Tehran: A senior Revolutionary Guard commander threatened on Saturday that US aircraft carriers would be targeted if Iran came under attack amid a standoff with the West over Tehran's nuclear programme. Iran has often warned of major retaliation if they faced a military strike from Israel or the West, but...
  • China set for sea trials of its first carrier June 8, 2011

    London: A top Chinese General has confirmed that Beijing is building an aircraft carrier which could be ready for sea trials later in 2011. General Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army said that a Soviet carrier is being refurbished, marking the first acknowledgment of...
  • India, Russia conclude agreement on Gorshkov deal December 8, 2009

    Moscow: India and Russia have "successfully" concluded the agreement on the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier, ending a long standoff over the key defence deal, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said. The issue, Rao said, came up during the summit level talks between visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian...
  • India pays millions more for Russian warship June 4, 2009

    New Delhi: India has given an additional $102 million to Russia for the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov ahead of fresh negotiations before July end between the two countries on the final purchase price of the warship, a senior official said on Thursday. An Indian team was in Russia last week to...
  • India pays $1.6 bn for warship, Russian wants more April 21, 2009

    Moscow: Russia will ask India to pay far more that originally agreed for a refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier that is already a year overdue, the firm overhauling the ship said on Tuesday. India, a key buyer of Russian arms such as tanks and fighter jets, in 2004 signed a $1.6 billion...