The repair and modernization of Russia’s heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov will last till late 2022 instead of initially reproted late 2020 because of the incident with the DP-50 floating dry dock and other issues.
On October 30, the floating dry dock PD-50 sank at the 82nd shipbuilding plant in Murmansk, which was performing repairs on the heavy aircraft carrying missile cruiser. The dry dock’s crane also fell on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov.
On November 13, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko revealed that the warship had suffered no serious damage in the incident.
“Upon the warship’s arrival at the place of its repairs at the 35th Ship Repair Factory (a branch of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Center), a special commission started evaluating the damage. A preliminary inspection has found that the Admiral Kuznetsov did not get any substantial damage,” Krivoruchko stated at a conference call led by First Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov, according to TASS. “All the measures for restoring the warship’s technical preparedness are being carried out in a planned manner and the required adjustments have already been made to the work schedule and won’t affect the timeframe of completing the works under the contract.“
During the conference call, Krivoruchko said that the repair and modernization work will be finished from September 17 to October 30, 2022.
In September 2018, the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novisti reported citing a military source that the repair and modernization of the Admiral Kuznetsov will be finished by the end of 2020.
According to existing data, in the framework of the ongoing work, the Admiral Kuznetsov is set to receive a modernized propulsion system, improved air-defense measrues as well as radars and EW equipment.