Friday, June 15, 2012
Baku Becomes Vikramaditya
The other day I posted a picture of some models from Shapeways.com but I thought I'd follow up a little today. The Indian carrier Vikramaditya is a conversion of the Soviet Admiral Gorshkov (originally named Baku). The deal for this carrier has been in the works for nearly a decade and it has emerged as a fully clear flight deck carrier, which it was not as originally built (in foreground in picture). The Baku as built had surface-to-surface missiles and guns up forward so that only the angled deck was clear and permitted flight operations for the ship's helicopters and Vertical Take-off and Landing jets. The Vikramaditya is scheduled to operate Mig-29 fighters that will be taking off with an assist from the ski-jump and then landing with arresting wires. India should be pleased with the outcome. The Vikramaditya is from Shapeways.com and the Baku from Superior Models.