INS Vikramaditya to undergo first refit in 2016

Standing about 20 storeys tall from the keel to the highest point, INS Vikramaditya has a total of 22 decks and carries 1,600 personnel. File photo  

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will undergo its first refit in 2016 and it is likely to be carried out at Pipavav shipyard.

Defence sources said that the first refit of the ship will be done after the International Fleet Review in February 2016.

While the Russians, being the original manufacturer, will carry out the refit, the sources said it will also involve Indian engineers and workers.

Details of all the repairs required to be carried out at Pipavav have been received and a budgetary quote is being prepared, the sources said.

The refit is expected to take four months.

Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier, which was purchased by India from Russia for the Navy and joined the fleet in 2013.

Vikramaditya, a floating airfield, has an overall length of about 284 metres and a maximum beam of about 60 metres, stretching as much as three football fields put together.

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