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INS Vikramaditya yet to be fitted with close-in weapon system

INS Vikramaditya.

MUMBAI (PTI): India's largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, commissioned last year, is yet to get its Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) which is likely to be installed next year.

"CIWS was not installed on it in Russia. It will be done during refit of the vessel," Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commander-In-Chief of Western Naval Command said in Mumbai Wednesday.

CIWS detects and destroys enemy aircraft and missiles that may hit the warship.

Sources said that weaponry systems like Long Range Surface to Air Missile System, Point Defence Missile System are also likely to be installed on the ship during refit which may happen in 2015 or early 2016.

"The refit may take place in Cochin Shipyard Limited," said a source.

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