Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to complete repairs in September 2022

According to information published by Военный Осведомитель on May 20, 2022, the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will complete its repairs in September 2022 in Murmansk.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (Picture source: Военный Осведомитель)

Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov is an aircraft carrier (heavy aircraft cruiser in Russian classification) serving as the flagship of the Russian Navy.

She was built by the Black Sea Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers, in Nikolayev within the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) and launched in 1985, becoming fully operational in the Russian Navy in 1995.

The Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, Soviet designation Project 1143.5, is a class of fixed-wing aircraft carriers operated by the Russian and Chinese navies.

Originally designed for the Soviet Navy, the Kuznetsov-class ships use a ski-jump to launch high-performance conventional aircraft in a STOBAR configuration. The design represented a major advance in Soviet fleet aviation over the Kiev-class carriers, which could only launch VSTOL aircraft.

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.

The flight deck is equipped with arrester wires. Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck. The ship has a crew of 1,690 sailors and an air group including 626 people.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is armed with 6 AK-630 mm CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems), eight CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS each equipped with 2 30 mm Gatling AA and 32 3K87 Kortik surface-to-air missiles, twelve P-700 Granit SSM anti-ship cruise missiles, 24 × 8-cell 3K95 Kinzhal VLS (Vertical Launching Systems) for surface-to-air missiles and RBU-12000 UDAV-1 ASW anti-submarine rocket launchers.

The is powered by eight turbo-pressurized boilers and four steam turbines, each producing 50,000hp, nine 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) turbo generators, six 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) diesel generators driving four shafts with fixed-pitch propellers.

She can reach a top speed of 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 8,500 nmi. (15,700 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h). The Russian aircraft carrier has an endurance of 45 days.

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