exhibition at St Petersburg – word is that the Gorshkov aircraft carrier
could be further delayed. There’s no official confirmation of that
neither from the Sevmash shipyard nor the Russian Defence Ministry.But naval sources told CNN-IBN there appeared to be problems with the
supply of certain steels to the yard. The sources said this was an
internal problem in Russia involving different ministries. But unless
resolved speedily this could see the carrier’s delivery put off to 2013.
A high level Indian defence delegation was recently at the Sevmash yard
to take stock of the situation. It’s not clear what new measures are
being recommended to expedite delivery of the Gorshkov. What’s clear is
that the Indian Navy may have to wait some more time for the Gorshkov.
Problems also with the delivery of the second line of Talwar Class
frigates – three of which are being built at the Yantar shipyard.
The first was to be handed over in November this year to the Indian
Navy. But is now expected to be delivered only next February. Reason for
the delay – because the Yantar yard is building warships after a long
break. The chief of the shipyard was replaced.
The new chief – only 48 hours into his job – refused to comment but there was an oblique hint from elsewhere.
Deputy General Director at Rosoboronexport Viktor Komardin said, “We see
different obstacles and hurdles on the way. Bureaucracy, then crisis of
different kinds which raises the normal steps makes it twice more
expensive. It is economy, it is bureaucracy. It is caution you
understand because each project is the leading one.”
The delay could see the cost of the Talwar go up. Adding to the acrimony
between the two capitals and undermining a crucial pillar of the
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