Rodion_Romanovic wrote:Just as a reference, they spent a couple of billion dollars (even if a part of those was for the air wing) and 8 years to modernise Admiral Gorshkov into INS Vikramaditya.
Consider the comparable Indian carrier Vikrant that has taken 10+ years and 3.6B as of last year (and isn't expected to be commissioned until 2021, ie 12-13 years since being laid down). The Vikramaditya was a bargain by comparison.
That said, the Minsk is floating scrap. If the Chinese don't want it then she'll be off to the breakers yards.
Well, the indians are not really the world leading champion of shipbuilding.
Let's say that the main problems with Vikramaditya was probably on the communication, P.R. and commercial sides.
Russia probably should have known about the Indian behavior of bad mouthing even loyal suppliers and be more clear from the start about timescales and costs.
I don't negate the fact that India got a decent carrier for a good price, even if with some delays on the established delivery. The problem is that Russia promised an impossibly low price and put itself in the position of being criticizable...
By the way, I read that the Indians probably put on hold the idea of acquiring a third carrier, saying that acquisition of nuclear submarines will take the precedence..
This could play well for the Russians, especially if they finalize in the meanwhile a design for a carrier based on a modernized Ulyanovsk.
In the meanwhile, there are better uses of a few billion dollars than trying to resuscitate, modify and modernise Minsk, considering that with the same money they can build probably 3 or 4 Gorshkov class frigates AND a couple of LHD/helicopter carriers
Just to have an idea about price I saw that an export version of the proposed supercarrier 23000 class would have been around 5.5 billions dollars (possibly including also part of the development cost). Unless they underestimated the expenses a slightly smaller 65000 to 75000 tons ship (like Ulyanovsk) should be cheaper.
Furthermore splitting part of the development cost among more ships, including ideally one or two for India would make a huge difference...