According to military-diplomatic source TASS in Russian operation in Syria from October 2016 to January 2017 will be used, cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”. Deck-based aircraft from the cruiser, which will be located off the coast of Syria, will strike militant positions.
“Plan for the participation of carrier-based pilots of the mixed wing strikes on terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic prepared by the General staff, he aims to give the crew practice combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier to destroy ground targets”, — said the source TASS.
According to him, the pilots of the aviation group on the basis of Hamim in Syria and deck-based aircraft will operate in close cooperation among themselves”. “Admiral Kuznetsov”, which will be headed by a permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean, will be located off the coast of Syria, “to carrier-based fighters have enough fuel for combat missions and return to the deck of the ship,” said TASS.
On Board the cruiser will be “about 15 su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB and more than ten helicopters Ka-52K, Ka-27, Ka-31”. In late January — early February, the aircraft carrier will return to Russia.
Previously TASS citing a senior source in the main command of the Russian Navy reported that the aircraft carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the summer of 2016 will be sent to the Mediterranean sea. The only Russian aircraft carrier should be headed by a permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the region.
In mid-January, the chief of head Department of shipbuilding of the Ministry of defense of Russia Vladimir rag-pickers said that the modernization of the cruiser will start, as expected, at the end of this year. “Today, the ship needs to pass the restoration of technical readiness, and in 2016 it will solve the problem of his destiny,” explained rag-pickers.