Russiαn aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will not be operational before 2024: The Russiαn Navy is weakening?
According to information published by Tass on June 9, 2022, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier of project 1143.5 will rejoin the Russiαn Navy after an overhaul and upgrade no earlier than in 2024.
The overhaul was delayed for several months because of exposed new defects, the source said. In early June, the aircraft carrier was placed in the dry dock of the 35th shipyard.
The overhaul deadline was postponed to 2023. Deputy CEO of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Vladimir Korolev told the upgraded aircraft carrier would get a completely new combat potential and will serve at least another 10-15 years.
Admiral Kuznetsov, a heavy aircraft carrier cruiser, is the largest wαrship of the Russiαn Navy and the first aircraft carrier capable of carrying horizontal takeoff and landing planes.
She was built by the Black Sea Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, in Nikolayev within the Ukrαiniαn Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) and launched in 1985, becoming fully operational in the Russiαn Navy in 1995.
The total displacement is 55 thousand tons. The total power of the power plants is 147 Mw (200 thousand hp). Max cruising speed – 30 knots (55.6 km/h), economic – 18 knots (33.3 km/h). Navigational range – around 8,500 nautical miles.
The ship can carry a total of up to fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft including 18 Su-33 carrier-based twin-engine fighter aircraft, 6 MiG-29K all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft, four Ka-31 naval helicopters, and two Ka-27 naval helicopters.
It is armed with the anti-ship missile system “Granit” (12 supersonic missiles with a range of about 550 km), an antiaircraft missile system, an artillery-missile system of short-range antimissile defense, and reactive depth bσмbs.