Indian inspection team at the shipbuilding plant “Sevmash”
Shipbuilders in Severodvinsk are accelerating the upgrade work on the aircraft carrier Vikromaditya for India’s Ministry of Defence.
In the middle of May, a group of Indian specialists, headed by Vice Admiral Nadel Niradjan Kumar, chief manager of production and purchase of war ships for the Indian Navy and Ministry of Defence, went to inspect the shipbuilding factory “Sevmash”, where work is in progress for the repair and rearmament of the aircraft carrier “Vikramaditya”.
The delegation consisted of ten people, the Chairman of India’s naval attaché in Russia, the Ministry of Defence’s Director of Purchasing Naval Systems and the Financial Director for Naval Systems. They spent time on the ship closely gauging the progress of work. The results of the inspection enabled the General Director of “Sevmash”, Nikolai Kalistratov and the Head of Indian Delegation, Vice Admiral Nadel Kumar to sign a combined protocol, which officially recorded the current situation and pressing technical difficulties to be overcome.
Vice Admiral Kumar was the first to spend time on board “Sevmash”, and he saw “Vikramaditya” with his own eyes. Before then, he had spent six months scrupulously following the documentation of the progress of work and by comparing the reports with what he actually saw, he understood that “Sevmash” had increased the pace of work significantly. The press-service of the Admiralteyskiye Verfi Shipyard gave the admiral’s verdict; “I liked the ship, I was pleased to see that the management of the enterprise, the General Director Nikolai Kalistratov, the chief engineer Aleksei Alsufiev, the chairman of the General Director Sergei Novoselov are doing all they can to stick to the timetable for finishing work, which was agreed by the governments of our countries.”
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