The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser is going to be repaired and upgraded in 2018.
The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser will be repaired and upgraded in 2018, after the end of its combat duty, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday, citing vice-president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Igor Ponomaryov.
Currently, the Admiral Kuznetsov is heading a group of ships of the Russian Northern Fleet, performing combat tasks in the Mediterranean Sea near the Syrian coasts.
“We expect that in 2018, after the return of the vessel from its military service, the Zvezdochka shipbuilding center will begin to repair and upgrade the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier,” Ponomaryov said.
The USC vice-president reminded that in October of this year, Zvezdochka successfully completed works on recovery of technical readiness of the aircraft carrier and other ships and vessels of the battle group, which is currently carrying out combat missions in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser entered service of the Russian Fleet in 1991. It is the Russia’s only ship, capable to carry the Su-33 heavy deck-based fighters, and the only ship in the world, from the deck of which fighter jets take off in the polar latitudes.
Along with fighter jets (26 warplanes, according to the project), the ship is also equipped with the Granit anti-ship cruise missiles and its own air defense system.
The length of the deck of the aircraft carrier is 306 meters, the width – 75 meters; full load weight is 60,000 tons. The crew of the vessel is 1,980 people, including 518 officers. Features of the Admiral Kuznetsov allow to use it as a command ship for the Mediterranean squadron of the Russian Navy.