Heavy aircraft-carrier cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov”, which returned from a trip to the shores of Syria, will be upgraded and its life extended for another 20 years, according to “Izvestia”, citing sources in the naval fleet and shipbuilding industry.
According to the publication, the amount, which will cost the modernization of “Admiral Kuznetsov”, can be as high as 65 billion rubles. in the preliminary calculations there will be approximately 30 billion rubles for various development work, but that the total may exceed 65 billion, the newspaper said.
That aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” will go for the repair after the completion of defects, said on Thursday Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Rogozin said that there will be a “medium repair and modernization”, and its timing will determine the Ministry of defence, based on the funding plans, and depending on the complexity of the work.
According to him, before March “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the Mediterranean sea to the shores of Syria, we solved the problem of its repair for the “ready campaign”, in particular, was repaired compartment for storage of ammunition. In addition, during Prepodobnogo repair solved the problem of creating systems which allowed to equip the vehicle with a new wing of the MiG-29K/KUB. Deputy Prime Minister added that “the main work on this ship will continue to”.
Deputy Prime Minister also said that the repair and modernization of “Admiral Kuznetsov” is ready to hold the center of ship repair “Zvezdochka” in Severodvinsk.
Earlier, in November 2016 Vice-President of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on military shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev reported that the repair of “Admiral Kuznetsov” may take place in 2018, but then the decision about the timing of the repair work was not accepted. That the repair of “Admiral Kuznetsov” may take place in 2018, confirmed the source of “Interfax” on Wednesday, March 15.
However, in early March, the TASS source in the Russian defense industry was called in as the date for commencement of the repair work “the first half of 2017”.
Last year, the Ministry of defence signed a contract for the preparation of the technical project renovation of “Kuznetsov” Nevsky PKB, according to “Vedomosti”.
Previously, the Agency TASS called the preliminary cost of the repair of “Admiral Kuznezov” — according to sources, the Agency, its repair can cost approximately 20 billion rubles.
It’s not much more than the cost of building a new Corvette (about 15 billion rubles), noted by “Vedomosti” with reference to one of the managers of the United shipbuilding Corporation (UAC). The interlocutor of the edition considers that the “major modernization” of the weapons this money is not enough, therefore, under the words about the restoration of the complex shock weapons should not understand the armament of the ship new cruise missiles “Caliber”, able to strike at targets on shore, and repair of a complex anti-ship missiles “Granit”. Such repairs can be delayed for 4-5 years and will cost significantly more.
According to TASS, this amount will include the renovation of four of the eight existing boilers of the power plant, and replace the four. The ship will deliver a modern system of electronic warfare systems, communications, reconnaissance, navigation and command and control. It is expected the new system to ensure safe landing of carrier-based aircraft.
As stated by the Deputy Director General of the Center for analysis of strategies and weapons Maxim Shepovalenko, during use of the cruiser was identified weaknesses of the ship, which was not previously known, such as problems with the arresting gear.
In December 2016 due to a broken cable arresting gear of the su-33 was rolled out for the deck of “Admiral Kuznetsov”, and fell into the water. In November, another aircraft, MiG-29 crashed after takeoff from “Admiral Kuznetsov”. As the cause of the crash, the defense Ministry called “a technical fault”. According to the source “Газеты.Ru” the plane crashed due to shutdown both engines. The plane was forced to stay in the air due to the fact that mounted in front of him the other MiG-29 broke the rope arresting gear, and the crew of the cruiser took time for Troubleshooting