The Russia-India military and technological cooperation programme initiated by Rosoboronexport put the Baku/Admiral Gorshkov’s retirement plans in the warm Indian Ocean on hold and opened up prospects for its true revival and reincarnation under the name of Vikramaditya. On different occasions, this Indian word has been translated variously, including “Brave as the Sun”, “The Almighty” and “Conqueror”. But, patriotic pathos aside, this is what actually happened: after two decades of idle time, the ship regained the ability to move, was equipped with advanced control and navigation systems, and its flight deck, at the behest of the customer, was extended, raised and turned into a fully-fledged floating airfield.
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