In the Barents Sea, the test cycle of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is successfully completed. Now the flight tests of the deck are ending aviation. MiG-29K / KUB fighters take off and board the deck from the ship. For the first time, night landings on an aircraft carrier were made. Testing of aeronautical systems is being completed. In the near future, the aircraft carrier will be transferred to the Indian Navy. Thanks to this, the Indian fleet will receive new opportunities - it will become an aircraft carrier.
Now about what Vikramaditya means to us. This ship was actually built anew for the Indian Navy based on the Baku Baku TAVKR hull. Modernization of the warship in this volume was not carried out anywhere in the world. Sergey Novoselov, head of production at the Sevmash military-technical cooperation, believes that it would be easier to build the ship again. At the same time, the specialists of Sevmash completely lacked the experience of building aircraft carriers. All Soviet aircraft carriers were built and put into operation on the territory now separated from Russia. "Vikramaditya" - this is the first aircraft carrier built with us in the North. He was needed not only by the Indians, but also by us. Now we can build such ships for ourselves. The successful trials of Vikramadithi leave no doubt about this. Thus, we restored the reproduction of another class of weapons, which was lost after the collapse of the USSR.
But that is not all. Now we have not only aircraft capable of operating from the deck, and not only ships from which aircraft can take off. We have a living experience in the operation and use of such equipment. We got this experience long and hard. And fortunately, he was not lost. Accumulated and transmitted during the combat services of the TAVKR "Admiral Kuznetsov". Therefore, India will now receive not only the ship and aircraft, but also the experience gained by Russian sailors and pilots. The other day, the management of the aircraft carrier took Commodore Barry. Now Indian sailors under the direction of the seamen of the White Sea naval base begin to master the ship.
So India increases the capabilities of its armed forces. China goes the same way, having completed the Soviet Varyag TAVKR and is now putting it into operation. True, China goes this way more independently, and therefore many difficulties still await Chinese sailors and pilots. Nevertheless, for countries that are striving to take a leading position in the future, it is necessary to develop the armed forces - otherwise, those who now dominate the world simply will not allow them to rise. Strengthening statehood and strengthening defense are almost synonymous.
China and India until recently it was difficult to call developed countries - only the USSR could challenge the Western world in terms of advanced technologies and the power of the armed forces. But today we are forced to recover from a disaster. And in a sense, we are following a similar path. Some types of weapons, such as aircraft carriers, we could build independently in the recent past. Now we are again able to build such ships. Thanks to cooperation, the Indians were able to reduce the time required to obtain a combat-ready unit. And we have restored the capabilities of the industry (in fact, the production complex was created anew). It now remains to use the existing experience and industry opportunities for yourself.