chetak wrote:the size of the lift was the limiting factor.
The Su just did not fit into the lift, even though it was the preferred choice.
That IS the point. By selecting the POS , the burnt out hulk called the Kiev / Adm Gorshkov/VikAd whatever it is called , we have limited ourselves to constraints of the VikAd in terms of the air arm.
The exact same constraints and clearances of the hanger deck of the PoS - VikAd leads to calls to have the LCA Navy to have a folding vertical stabiliser and rudder (from Saraswat's speech/ venting posted here), "rejection" of the E-2 Hawkeye (surely it can't fit into to the Vik'Ads lift/hanger clearances with the antenna on top) etc.
The VikAd is the albatross that will constrain our choices. It is an artificial one . The VikAd itself is (by way of unique machinery and stuff, including aircraft) is a maintenance hog that will suck up a huge amount of the Navy's maintenance and operating budget. IT is an operating nightmare.
We would have been FAR better off in buying out the Varyag (if at all hull building time was a constraint) and used Russia's help in completing it with western machinery (like GE turbines like in the Vikrant ), instead of the failure prone Russian/Ukranian origins stuff.
Too late . Too much water under the bridge. Time to can the VikAd and flush it down within the next 10 years and cut our losses there. Maybe selling it back to Russia is the best home (tell them to take it back along with the Mig 29K) once the Vikrant is operational and we have our own LCA Navy (hopefully the Navy sees sense) and we build copies of it.