Russia further escalates Gorshkov cost, pushes delivery schedule

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) Besides seeking increased cost for repairing and re-equipping aircraft carrier Gorshkov, Russia has said a delay in 'delivery' of the naval vessel was also possible.

The revised 'Master Schedule' indicates a delay in delivery schedule and quotes an increase in price for repair, re-equipping, spares and training costs.

The fresh price quoted is US dollars 1.2 billion.

India is however, presently evaluating the 'schedule' on technical grounds and no cost negotiations have been initiated in this regard, Defence Minister A K Antony told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to Dr T Subbarami Reddy.

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