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INS Vikramaditya....India

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    The INS Vikramaditya is currently one of two aircraft carriers in the Indian Navy. The ship began its life as the Baku in the Soviet Navy in 1987. By 1996, Russia decided that its budget could not support a Soviet-era military and the country moved to scrap or sell a considerable amount of military equipment. In 2004, the Baku was purchased by India for $2.35 billion. As part of the deal, Russia agreed to modify the ship to Indian needs and equip it with Russian aircraft. These changes included stripping the heavy armament and adding a ski-jump ramp at the end of the flight deck to transform the Soviet-era cruiser-carrier into a full aircraft carrier. In 2013, the carrier was commissioned into the Indian Navy as the INS Vikramaditya with the capability to operate 36 aircraft