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  • Fire on Admiral Kuznetsov
    Fire on Admiral Kuznetsov December 12 2019
    On Thursday morning a fire broke out on the only Russian cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" in Murmansk. The fire is said to have been caused by welding work in the first drive sector of the aircraft carrier. The fire area has already reached 120 square meters. The only Russian aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" is currently in Maintenance plant "Swjosdotschka" in Murmansk and should be modernised. The ship is to get a new drive and new weapons. It...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Russian Kuznetsov's Repair Costs 1 Million USD
    Russian Kuznetsov's Repair Costs 1 Million USD November 28 2018
    The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will be repaired at 1 million USD. Aircraft Carrier (project 11435) received 52 minor damages in the floating dock accident on October 30. The cost of removing them will amount to almost 70 million rubles Alexei Rakhmanov, the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, told TASS. “They can be classified as minor damages within the framework of a budget allocated for the modernization of the Admiral Kuznetsov," he explained. "W...
  • Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft
    Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft October 31 2018
    Russia has announced that it will take delivery of more than 20 jet engines. PJSC Kuznetsov reproduction NK-32 engines will power the Tu-160 (NATO Code: Blackjack) aircraft.   A total of 22 engine deliveries are expected. Russia will receive engines later this year. Bench tests of the systems are already in progress. According to the results of the bench tests, PJSC Kuznetsov's level of preparation for mass production will be determined and after the final arrange...
  • Floating Dock Sinks, Damaging Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
    Floating Dock Sinks, Damaging Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov October 30 2018
    Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was damaged and a giant floating dock (PD-50 ) sank after a crane crashed onto the vessel as it was undergoing repairs near the Arctic city of Murmansk on Tuesday. PD-50 floating dock, is the largest in Russia one of the largest in the world. ‘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 Corporat...
  • Russia  Prepares Catamaran Aircraft Carrier Concept
    Russia Prepares Catamaran Aircraft Carrier Concept October 5 2018
    The Krylov State Research Centre fundamentally changes aircraft carrier concept. According to the article published at TASS news Agency, new design has already been presented for the first time at the Army-2018 forum at the end of August. Apparently no one noticed the offer. This new design concept is based on future semi-catamaran but the proposed project has no name yet. It will be a non-nuclear multirole aircraft carrier. "The semi-catamaran design of the ship’s underw...
  • Return of the Kuznetsov is Far
    Return of the Kuznetsov is Far July 31 2018
    Russia made a statement on the maintenance and modernization activities of Admiral Kuznetsov, the only aircraft carrier it has owned. Commenting on the ship, Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center commander Sergey Marichev stated that the engine, propulsion and electronic systems of the ship will go through a comprehensive modernization. Agrement of maintenance and modernization signed in April and it is reported that the work will last two and a half years. The platform, which will enter into a ...
  • Kuznetsov to be Equipped With Pantsyr Missiles
    Kuznetsov to be Equipped With Pantsyr Missiles May 8 2018
    The upgrade work on Russia's only aircraft carrier will begin this month, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bursuk said. Admiral Kuznetsov will be equipped with new shipborne Pantsyr surface-to-air missile system as well as new flight control systems. The carrier's power-generating equipment will also be replaced by new boilers. The modernization work is expected to be completed by 2021. The 305-metre long carrier can accommodat...
  • Kuznetsov to Re-enter Duty in 2021
    Kuznetsov to Re-enter Duty in 2021 April 20 2018
    Russia’s only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is expected to join the Russian Navy after repairs in 2021, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday. The modernization of "Admiral Kuznetsov" primarily will be associated with the replacement of boilers of the main power plant and will include upgrades for radar and radio-electronic weapons, as well as an air navigation suit. The 305-metre long carrier can accommodate up to 30 MiG-29K/KUB and Su-33 fighte...
  • Russia To Begin Construction of a Second Carrier Soon
    Russia To Begin Construction of a Second Carrier Soon February 27 2018
    Russia is getting ready to begin the construction of a new aircraft carrier, announced on 25 February.  Dubbed Project 23000E Shtorm (Storm), the vessel will be able to carry up to 90 aircraft, will have a length of 330 metres with a width of 30 metres and will be able to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots.  Russia currently operates only one aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.
  • Budgetary Limit For Admiral Kuznetsov
    Budgetary Limit For Admiral Kuznetsov October 9 2017
    Russian military plans to reduce funds that are supposed to be allocated for the repair and modernization of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, an anonymous source told Interfax on Saturday. "Instead of previously planned approximately 50 billion rubles for the work, it is planned to allocate about half of the previously announced amount," he said. According to him, the reduction in the volume of financing will primarily affect modernization issues. The mode...
  • Granit Out, Kalibr In
    Granit Out, Kalibr In April 25 2017
    Russia will begin modernization and repair work on its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which will be equipped with the Kalibr-NK missile complex in replacement of carrier's current Granit complex. The work will also include repairment of all the electric-mechanical parts, as well as modernization of the runway.  Russia’s sole aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1990 and has not undergone any major overhauls following a two-...
  • Russia Will Focus On Land
    Russia Will Focus On Land April 8 2017
    Russian news website Sputnik studied the 2018-2025 armament program of the country. The site announced improvements to the final draft of the state-run armament program (DSP-2025) to be addressed in June 2017. The document identifies the weapons and technologies that will serve the Russian army in the next eight years. According to the site, details of the DSP-2025 are kept secret for now, but Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov has specified the general outline of the program ...
  • India Retired Its Tu-142Ms
    India Retired Its Tu-142Ms March 30 2017
    The Indian Navy (IN) retired its fleet of Tupolev Tu-142M long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft on 29 March. Tu-142Ms entered service with the IN in 1988. The aircraft is powered by four Samara Kuznetsov NK-12MP turboprop engines, providing a range of 13-thousand kilometer range without refuelling.
  • Russian MiGs Left Syria February 4 2017
    Russian aircrafts deployed on the country's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov returned home. The aircraft which normally take-off and land on the carrier were deployed at air bases in Syria. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation announced on its official twitter account that the aircraft has landed in Severomorsk Air Base. The ministry added that the aircraft completed their missions. According to the release, three MiG-29K, one for each Su-33, Ka-52, Ka-29 and Ka-...
  • Russia Will Deploy Onboard Aircraft On Shore
    Russia Will Deploy Onboard Aircraft On Shore December 8 2016
    Following the recent incidents, Russia decided to deploy Admiral Kuznetsov’s fighter aircraft on shore. The technical issues caused by the landing system arrester on Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuvnetsov resulted in accident on Monday this week. In the light of the latest events, Russian Defence Ministry announced the planes may be redeployed  ashore at the Russian military base in Hmeymim, Syria. 
  • Su-33 Crashed While Landing on Admiral Kuznetsov Deck
    Su-33 Crashed While Landing on Admiral Kuznetsov Deck December 5 2016
    Failing to land on the deck of Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft carrier, a Su-33 fighter aircraft has crashed into the sea after completing its mission in Syria. The pilot has launched the jettison system, ejected from the plane, and rescued unharmed. Reportedly, the aircraft landed on the deck successfully, however the special cable that should stop the platform broke off.  When the aircraft wheel touch down on the deck, the pilot levels up the engine power to &q...
  • Another Privilege to Russia by Iran
    Another Privilege to Russia by Iran November 28 2016
    Irainian Defence Ministry made a statement on Saturday that in case the situation in Syria demands such action, they might allow Russia to use Iranian air base Nojeh for their operations. Russian officials responded this declaration by saying that if Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov should leave Syrian borders for a new mission, they could use the mentioned airbase, which is located in the western city of Hamadan.  Iranian legislation currently forbids the deployment of ...
  • Admiral Kuznetsov's overhaul to begin 2018
    Admiral Kuznetsov's overhaul to begin 2018 November 16 2016
    Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be upgraded in 2018, according to a statement of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) made on 16 November. The company said that upon the vessel’s arrival from its current counter-terrorist operations, the work will be commenced.
  • Russia is Underway to Mediterranean
    Russia is Underway to Mediterranean October 19 2016
    Norway declared on Tuesday that eight Russian vessels based in Severomorsk in the Barents Sea were photographed on Monday in international waters off Norway, en route to the Mediterranean. The fleet has been escorted by a Norwegian navy frigate and another ship from another NATO member. Moscow stated that the fleet consists of Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Pyotr Veliky battlecruiser, Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer and large anti-submarine ships.
  • Kuznetsov to restart production of NK-32 August 16 2016
    Russian jet engine manufacturer Kuznetsov will restart production of its NK-32 turbofan engine that is solely used on the Tu-160 bomber. An initial batch of upgraded NK-32.02 engines will roll out of the factory by end of this year, according to Russian media reports. The Tu-160 is powered by four Kuznetsov NK-32 afterburning turbofan engines, the most powerful ever fitted to a combat aircraft.  Tu-160 is capable of reaching Mach 2.05 speed at high altitude. The Tupol...
  • Russia to overhaul aircraft carrier in 2017 May 28 2016
    Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov , will undergo an extensive overhaul and re-fit from early 2017. A contract will be signed soon with United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and the overhaul work will involve a top-to-bottom modernisation of the carrier. Work on vessel will begin after its returns from a long-distance and endurance voyage in the Mediterranean in the first quarter of 2017 and will last for two to three years. Admiral Kuznetsov  was launche...
  • Russia to deploy its heavy aircraft carrier to the Mediterranean Sea March 7 2016
    Russia is planning to send its heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" to head the Russian flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea  in the summer of 2016.  The carrier is currently under process of upgrading for new types of aircraft and munitions, including the new MiG-29K and "other planes.” The Kuznetzov can carry 40 SU-33, Mig-29 and SU-25UT fighter jets and 24 helicopters.