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Indian navy gets Russian carrier as it seeks to bolster military

MOSCOW/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Russia handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India on Saturday after years of delays, extending the South Asian country's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to counter China's assertive presence in the region. The handover, at a shipyard near the Arctic Circle, underlined close defense ties between Russia, the world's No. 2 arms exporter, and the world's largest arms customer, India.

Russia to hand over aircraft carrier to India by Nov.: report

India's second aircraft carrier, an upgraded and retrofitted former Soviet navy vessel, will be handed over to the Indian navy by Russia by November, local media reported Tuesday. NDTV news station quoted sources as saying aviation trials on the INS Vikramaditya, including takeoffs and landings by MiG-29K fighter aircraft, were successfully completed in Russia earlier in the day. It also underwent a full power trial, entailing pushing the ship to maximum speed at sea and then testing all systems for accuracy and endurance.
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