I'll wait till the Gorshkov docks at the Seabird naval base to see how well the refit went. Just months ago the IN
faced similar quality control issues with the Talwar-class guided missile frigates being delivered from Russia, and they did an excellent job of coercing the Russians into ensuring that the whole package worked perfectly before they accepted it.
The Indian government even received some $50-75 million in penalty charges on the ships, because of the delay in delivery, as per the penalty clause in the contract. If the Talwar deal is any indicator, I have full faith in the ability of the IN
to ensure the Gorshkov is completely overhauled before we accept her. The IN
, in any case, has greater experience in operating carriers than the Russians do. There'll always be the naysayers; I merely choose to follow a recent, very convincing precedent, to think otherwise.
Regarding the ADS
work at Cochin Shipyards, I can't quite believe they can build two of them in parallel. I lived in Cochin for several years, and drove past the shipyards just a month ago, and didn't see how they had space to build two 40000-ton carriers, in addition to all the other bulk ore/tanker construction work they're into.