Repair of “Admiral Kuznetsov” can be postponed until 2018
Moscow. March 18. INTERFAX.RU — the Final decision on the date and venue of the renovation and modernisation of a heavy aviabearing cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” is still pending, said on Saturday “Interfax” a source familiar with the situation.
“Next week there will be a meeting with military and industry representatives on which much could be determined,” said he. “Given the shortage of funds if it is put in repair this year, it can take a long time”, — said the Agency interlocutor. “At the same time, now the ship is “alive” it can carry a combat duty that was proven during his recent campaign in the Mediterranean sea,” he said.
According to him, in this regard, “one of the options under consideration is sending an aircraft carrier to repair in 2017, and in 2018”
This option is also appropriate because it can let for a year to prepare for flight from the aircraft carrier pilots the 100-th separate naval fighter aviation regiment of Naval aviation of the Northern fleet, the arms of which consist of the MiG-29КР/KUBRA, the source added.
Naval strike carrier group (COAG) of the Northern fleet left the Severomorsk October 15, 2016 in the Mediterranean sea and returned on 9 February to 15 November 2016, the Russian military leadership announced the first ever combat use of aviation “Admiral Kuznetsov” — carrier-based fighters were involved in the strikes against terrorist targets in Syria.
The defense Ministry informed that carrier aviation “Admiral Kuznetsov” in Syria has destroyed more than one thousand terrorist targets, completed 420 sorties, including 117 a night.