In the first half of August, work was completed on the installation of light-signaling systems on the new Indian aircraft carrier Vikrant under the leadership of the team of the Russian company Aerosvet.
Installation work began in the spring of this (2021) of the year. For five months, Russian specialists trained Indian engineers to install devices, controlled the process, checked the quality of installation, eliminated shortcomings.
The forces of Russian developers of lighting equipment on board the aircraft carrier Vikrant installed the combat complex "Saturn", providing takeoff and landing of aircraft, as well as a complex of illumination of the deck for mooring, refueling and ammunition, moorings, etc.. Both types of lighting equipment were developed by the Russian company Aerosvet.
Installation and commissioning works were carried out in conditions of complexity and scale of the facility. The Indian ship is equipped with lighting systems from the lower deck to its superstructure. Additionally, the installation of Aerosvet products was suspended for almost a month due to the spread of COVID-19, the growth of which fell on the most crucial time of installation.
Tentative date of handover of aircraft carrier Vikrant to Indian Navy set for spring 2022 of the year.
According to the plan, for the remaining period, several stages of testing should be passed.:
Indian staff training, who will serve on the ship.
Mooring tests, during which the ship is at the berth. This stage involves measurements, instrumental tests, touch spans, etc..
Running trials. Held at sea and verifies the interaction of each complex, installed on an aircraft carrier, between themselves.
State tests. They include the landing of helicopters and aircraft on the deck at varying degrees of visibility - at night, fog, dust.
Aerosvet's cooperation with the Indian military is not limited to the launch of the Vikrant aircraft carrier. The Russian manufacturer is servicing the Indian aircraft-carrying cruiser "Vikramaditya" (formerly the cruiser "Admiral Gorshkov"), as well as the Shore-Based Test Facility on the island of Goa. Here, representatives of the Russian company regularly conduct inspections and, if necessary, replace, previously installed equipment, and also develop recommendations for Indian colleagues.
Besides, Aerosvet's management is aimed at certification of the company's products in accordance with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO - with further cooperation with the countries of Latin America and Africa.