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Russian Navy Admiral Nakhimov Kirov-class upgraded nuclear cruiser continues its overhaul


According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on August 20, 2020, Russian Navy Admiral Nakhimov Kirov-class upgraded heavy nuclear cruiser of project 11442M left the pool of Sevmash Shipyard and berthed at the embankment, the enterprise said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Kirov-class nuclear cruiser Admiral Nakhimov has been moved out of the Sevmash basin on August 18, 2020. The next phase now will include works in the interior and at superstructures. (Picture source Twitter account Frederik Van Lokeren)


The cruiser had large units and hull constructions replaced and new insulation and cables installed. 3D modeling was used in the overhaul.

The warship will now have life-support systems, radio-technical equipment, power supplies, missile and artillery arms replaced. Admiral Nakhimov will have new tactical characteristics and will reinforce the surface fleet of the Russian Navy.

The Defense Ministry said Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov chaired a meeting on the overhaul and upgrade of the cruiser and called to closely interact with the United Shipbuilding Corporation and strictly observe the overhaul schedule.

Admiral Nakhimov is the third battlecruiser of the Russian Navy's Kirov class. The Admiral Nakhimov Orlan-class cruiser was laid on May 17, 1983 by the Baltic Shipyard and floated on April 25, 1986. It joined the Navy on December 30, 1988 as the Kalinin. The cruiser was renamed in 1992.

Sevmash has been overhauling the warship since 1999. The upgrade has actually begun in 2013. The cruiser will be armed with 174 VLS (Vertical Launching System) tubes including Kalibr anti-surface missiles and Onix anti-ship cruise missiles and Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the future. 

Kirov class accommodates three Kamov Ka-27PL or Ka-25RT helicopters. The Kamov-27 (Nato codename Helix) is equipped for anti-submarine warfare with surface search radar, sonobuoys, dipping sonar, and magnetic anomaly detectors. The Ka-27 can be armed with torpedoes, bombs, mines and rockets. The Ka-25RT (Hormone) helicopter is the predecessor of the Ka-27.£

The propulsion system of the Kirov Class consits on a combination of nuclear power and steam turbine, with four nuclear reactors and two auxiliary boilers. The four steam turbines deliver 28,000hp. Two shafts drive two five-bladed, fixed-pitch propellers. The propulsion system provides a full speed of 31kt.


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