Indian Navy Chief defends Gorshkov Deal

INS GorshkovNew Delhi, July 30 (PTI) With the CAG slamming the Government for buying the second-hand Admiral Gorshkov at the price of a new aircraft carrier, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta today defended the price being paid by India for the warship.

“I can’t comment on the CAG. But you all are defence analysts, can you get me an aircraft carrier for less than USD two billion? If you can, I am going to sign a cheque right now,” Mehta told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Naval Self Reliance Seminar’ organised by CII.

INS Gorshkov

INS Gorshkov

In its report, the CAG had noted that till 2008 the escalated cost of the aircraft carrier was about USD 1.82 billion and another USD 522 million for the sea trials, which was originally pegged at USD 27 million in the 2004 contract.

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