New Delhi:  Delay in the execution of Indian Defence projects has hit the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Project that was scheduled to be launched in December 2011. The Ministry of Defence has now extended the deadline for its launch to first quarter of 2012.

According to the sources in Navy, the 4000- tonne warship which is presently under construction in Kochi Shipyard Limited is not in a condition to be launched by the year end. Therefore, the deadline has been extended to next year.

As envisaged, the warship has to be handed over to Indian Navy by 2013 which has to undergo sea trial by 2014. Under this project, the second such warship will be given by Russia. Presently, country has only one warship  named INS Vikrant.

Earlier this year, Defence Minister AK Antony in his reply on Air Defence Ship Project said that 75 percent of the warship construction has been completed but delay in supply of indigenous equipment for the warship has led to the extension of deadline.

JPN/Bureau