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Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« on: September 27, 2016, 11:07:17 PM »
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Several abortive projects were started, including the 1973 design for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier of 85 000 tons which would be capable of accommodating 60 to 70 aircraft. In the early 1980s, two less ambitious projects began to make serious progress, the Project 1143.5 which was to become the Kuznetsov and the 75 000-ton Project 1143.7 which, had it been built, would have been the Ulyanovsk. This nuclear-powered ship with twin catapults was proposed to carry the upgraded Su-27KM and Yak-44 AEW/ASW fixed-wing aircraft within its complement of 60-70 aircraft.

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   The flight deck area is 14 700 m˛ (158 235 sq ft) and aircraft take-off is assisted by a bow ski-jump angled at 12 degrees in lieu of steam catapults. The flight deck is equipped with arrester wires. Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck. The ship was designed to operate Su-27K, MiG-29K, Yak-41 (and later the heavier and more capable Yak-43) supersonic STOVL fighters, but the only fixed wing aircraft regularly taken to sea have been the Su-27K (Su-33) and Su-25UTH, the latter being used as an unarmed trainer.

   The first unit was originally named Riga. The name was changed to Leonid Brezhnev and then to Tbilisi before settling in October 1990 on Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov, normally being shortened to Admiral Kuznetsov.

Construction of a sister ship (Project 1143.6, initially named Riga and later Varyag, the second of the class, started in December 1985 at Nikolayev, and the ship was launched in November 1988. Late in 1991 the Russian Defense Ministry stopped financing the carrier, and handed the hulk over to Ukraine. In 1998, the sale of the Varyag was announced to a Macau-based entertainment company. The unfinished hull was to be towed to the Far East where it would be converted into an entertainment complex and casino. Though this company appeared to be a front for the Chinese Navy. In China Varyag was restored and refitted. This aircraft carrier entered service with the Chinese navy in 2012 as the Liaoning. It was one of the most ambitious Chinese naval programmes. Currently Lianoning represents a significant shift in the balance of naval power in the area.


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see also: Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (ex-Varyag)
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 11:08:12 PM »
Russia to modernise sole aircraft carrier in 2017 | IHS Jane's 360 - 27 May 2016
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Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov , will undergo an extensive overhaul and re-fit from early 2017, sources within Russia's defence industrial complex have told the Russian news agency TASS.

The sources said a contract was due to be signed soon with Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and that the overhaul work will involve a top-to-bottom modernisation of the carrier.

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The modernisation of the carrier will take place in two phases, according to the reports. The initial contract will be for the configuration development that dictates which of the carrier's systems will be upgraded or replaced. "The Ministry of Defence [MoD] contract with USC on the aircraft carrier's repair and modernisation is worth several billion roubles, is carried out under the technical oversight of the Nevskoye Design Bureau, and is now ready - it will be signed in June," the source stated.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 11:44:08 AM »
Russian carrier works up for Syria deployment | IHS Jane's 360 - 14 October 2016
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Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , is nearing the end of a work-up period outside the port of Murmansk before heading for the eastern Mediterranean, reportedly to begin air operations against targets in Syria.

The first combat deployment of Kuznetsov was announced by Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on 21 September, when he said the 55,000-ton carrier would be escorted by six warships and three or four support vessels.

A MiG-29K on the deck of Admiral Kuznetsov in a photograph published by Russian social media site VK.com on 12 October. The carrier's air group is believed to include around a dozen MiG-29K/KUBs. Source: VK.com

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2016, 02:19:16 AM »
Russian MiG-29 fighter jet crashes in Mediterranean | BBC - 14 November 2016
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A Russian MiG-29 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea as it tried to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the country's defence ministry has said.

The pilot ejected safely from the plane, the ministry said.

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Refuelling controversy

The defence ministry said the crash was as a result of "technical malfunction" during a training flight.

The jet came down a few kilometres from the carrier and the pilot was picked up by a rescue team.

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Kuznetsov air wing sent to Syria airbase
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2016, 01:40:23 PM »
Ha, so much for the combat debut of Russia's only serving carrier:

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Russia has just given up on trying to launch strikes from its rickety aircraft carrier

Alex Lockie
Business Insider
December 2, 2016

Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, began its first combat deployment to Syria with plenty of fanfare, but a recent report from IHS Jane's indicates Russia has given up entirely on launching strikes from the carrier.

Satellite imagery obtained by Jane's shows Su-33 jets and one MiG-29KR previously aboard the carrier now stationed at the Hmeymim air base in Syria alongside land-based planes from Russia's air force.

The Kuznetsov, never an entirely reliable system, had one of its MiG-29KRs crash in November, and another pilot had to eject after the Kuznetsov's landing gear failed and couldn't receive the aircraft, Jane's reports.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2016, 07:54:55 AM »
Su-33 fighter jet crashes from Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier | RT news - 5 Dec, 2016
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A fighter jet based on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov skid off the deck during landing and became lost at sea after an arrestor gear line snapped and failed to stop the aircraft, the Russian Defense Ministry reported

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The Su-33 is the second aircraft that has been lost from the Kuznetsov fleet during its ongoing mission in the Mediterranean. Earlier, a Mig-29 fighter jet was not able to land and ran out of fuel because the deck crew of the carrier failed to fix a broken arrestor gear.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2017, 03:56:15 PM »
Russian Aircraft Carrier Is Called Back as Part of Syrian Drawdown
By ANDREW E. KRAMERJAN. 6, 2017

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/world/middleeast/russia-aircraft-admiral-kuznetsov-syria.html?_r=0

MOSCOW — Russia has ordered its only aircraft carrier to return home, part of a general drawdown of forces involved in the Syria conflict, a senior general announced on Friday.

The carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, was sent to the eastern Mediterranean in the fall to mount airstrikes and other missions in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. But the voyage became more of a show of force than an actual extension of it.

The trip was the first combat mission for the Soviet-era ship, and it apparently was used to work out some teething problems for Russian naval aviation, which has never been a primary focus of the country’s military.

The black-smoke-spewing Admiral Kuznetsov has an air wing of just 15 planes, much smaller than Western fleet carriers, which have about 60, and it experienced a number of problems on the voyage.

Two of its 15 aircraft crashed while trying to land on the carrier. In both cases, the pilots ejected and survived. The remaining planes operated for a time from the Russian air base at Latakia, on land in western Syria, rather than from the carrier.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 12:16:24 PM »
Russia to Spend $714 Million on Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov’s Repair | navy recognition - 01 May 2017
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The repair and upgrade of the Project 11435 aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will start in September at a shipyard near Murmansk in north Russia, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS. Almost 40 billion rubles ($714 million) will be spent on the ship’s modernization, the source added.

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According to the source, the ship’s electro-mechanical equipment, including the main propulsion unit, will be repaired. Its several faulty boilers will be replaced. The flight deck and associated equipment will be modernized as well, the source added.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 08:04:10 PM »
Russian Navy: Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier repairs to begin in 2018 | Navy Recognition - 30 June 2017
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The repairs of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier of project 11435 will begin in 2018 and the costs have not been determined yet, Russian Navy Deputy Commander for armaments Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk said at the naval show in St. Petersburg.


Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov inside the dock in Severomorsk/Murmansk in 2015. Picture: Flotprom.ru

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2018, 06:07:42 PM »
Russian Navy to upgrade Kuznetsov | Janes - 26 April 2018
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The project will cost between RUB55 billion and RUB62 billion (USD887 million and USD1 billion) and will involve more than 1,000 engineers and technicians. The sum is described by Russian defence industry sources as “more than modest”, but also not sufficient enough to carry out a serious modernisation of the ship.

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The most basic area of the ship’s design to be addressed is its power plant. The current engines were built in Ukraine and replacements could only be sourced from there or the United States – both politically untenable – so the ship’s eight boilers will instead be replaced with more modern and reliable ones.

Secondly, the carrier will receive a new suite of onboard electronic systems. Kuznetsov is currently fitted with the Mars-Passat (NATO codename ‘Sky Watch’) radar system: a first-generation, phased-array system based on Soviet-era passive array developments. However, the Mars-Passat system has never functioned to specifications – not even in Soviet times – and is completely outdated today. The ship will thus receive a current-generation Almaz-Antei Poliment-Redut radar system, which operates with the relatively new S-350 Vityaz naval surface-to-air missile variant.

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Re: Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 11:51:36 AM »
Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged as floating dock sinks | Shephard Media - 30th October 2018 - 10:47 GMT
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Russia's only aircraft carrier was damaged and a giant floating dock sank after a crane crashed onto the vessel as it was undergoing repairs near the Arctic city of Murmansk on Tuesday.

Four people were injured and one person is missing after the accident involving the Admiral Kuznetsov at the PD-50 floating dock, the largest in Russia one of the largest in the world, local authorities and media said.

‘We are assessing the extent of the damage. A crane fell onto the deck from a height of about 15 meters (45 feet),’ the head of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told the TASS news agency.

‘It is clear there is damage to the hull and the deck. Fortunately, it happened on those parts that are not vital to the work of the’ ship.

Local media said the floating dock holding the vessel had sunk.