Very, very nice.
Now for some decent, higher res shots from the port itself.
When we wait on the updates to these sat photos (unless someone has access to much more timely updates), we almost invariable see something that is many weeks old at best, and usually months old.
But this pic sure makes plain that the Island is installed and that the flight deck has been extended well back to the aft of the ship.
she will be undocked by the end of may
these are quite new (taken this month itself) and as posted in the old thread
in the first pic we see one of the elevators
Vice Admiral Ashok Subedar, Controller, Warship Production and Acquisition, told the media today, “In May this we will undock the INS Vikrant. As much as 95 per cent of its hull is complete as is 22,000 tonnes of steel structure. The shafting and propeller work is in last stages”.
Despite challenges, all efforts are being made to meet the December 2018 deadline set by the Cabinet Committee on Security for commission of the INS Vikrant. After the undocking it will undergo harbour trials, sea trials followed by on-deck flight trials, Vice Admiral Subedar said.
Talking about INS Vikramaditya, inducted in November 2013, the Vice Admiral said Israeli Barak missile is being installed on the ship at its home base Karwar, south of Goa.
Navy was originally looking at two options, either the Israeli Barak or the Russian Shitil missiles.
A Barak-missile launch will be taken from one of warships that is being decommissioned. Sources said the INS Godavari, which had been given a Barak launch system some 10 years ago, has a fully functional system that is being put on the aircraft carrier. The Godavari is 32 years old and is set for decommissioning.
“Fitting the Barak is a complex procedure which entails cutting through the deck. A period of some four months has been factored in for this”, sources said. The warship could carry up to 32 or 48 LR-SAMs.