After completion of Vikramaditya’s sea trials and training of Indian personnel the aircraft carrier returned to the berth of Sevmash, the company’s press-service reports.
«The sea trials were being carried out in White Sea and Barents Sea since July 3rd 2013. The speed and maneuvering performance of the ship have been evaluated and the air-technical equipment and electronic warfare systems have been checked», - the press-service explained.
On the night of the July 27th/28th the test team headed by the captain Alexander Shevchenko has reached the full speed mode. «The maximum speed reached by Vikramaditya during the trials was 29,2 knots. In other words, the ship has reached the claimed maximum speed (29 knots). During its return the ship was sailing at full speed during 1 hour. The trials demonstrated that the ship’s powerplant complies with the claimed performance», - Sevmash noted.
The aviation of Northern Fleet has taken part in testing of Vikramaditya’s electronic warfare systems carried out in White Sea. The pilots of MiG-29K/KUB fighters have also successfully completed the testing of the ship’s air-technical equipment in the Barents Sea. The carrier-based fighters have performed 57 flights (47 ones included the carrier landing). At that 12 flights have been performed at night.
The director of operations of Sevmash and the coordinator of the ship’s testing, Sergey Novoselov, noted that the Vikramaditya’s electronic warfare systems have been functioning as normal.
As reported by the company’s press-service, the acceptance testing has also been completed. «The work of ship’s equipment and systems has been demonstrated to the foreign customer. Moreover, the training of Indian crew (875 members) has been completed in the Barents Sea», - the company added.
It is planned that the ship will be delivered to the Indian navy on November 15th 2013.