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2lapsdown wrote:Nice engineering plant...are they burning pallets?
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Dilandu wrote://This may be ungenerous, but once there, I don't think she'll be back in active service for the next five years. //
Probably not. She is long overdue to capital overhaul.
Kuznetsov overhaul designed to maintain carrier capability while Russia considers future carrier options
Karl Soper, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Navy International
30 June 2016Russia reportedly will begin a major overhaul and modernisation of its
sole aircraft carrier, the Project 1143.5/6 Orel-class ship Admiral Kuznetsov, in the first quarter of 2017. The renovation work will commence after
the carrier conducts a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea later this
year......In May 2016, a defence industry source told news agency TASS that the renovation of Admiral Kuznetsov will focus on replacing its flight deck surface, arresting gear, and other aircraft launch systems.
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Russian Aircraft Carrier Is Called Back as Part of Syrian Drawdown
By ANDREW E. KRAMERJAN. 6, 2017
MOSCOW — Russia has ordered its only aircraft carrier to return home, part of a general drawdown of forces involved in the Syria conflict, a senior general announced on Friday.
The carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, was sent to the eastern Mediterranean in the fall to mount airstrikes and other missions in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. But the voyage became more of a show of force than an actual extension of it.
The trip was the first combat mission for the Soviet-era ship, and it apparently was used to work out some teething problems for Russian naval aviation, which has never been a primary focus of the country’s military.
The black-smoke-spewing Admiral Kuznetsov has an air wing of just 15 planes, much smaller than Western fleet carriers, which have about 60, and it experienced a number of problems on the voyage.
Two of its 15 aircraft crashed while trying to land on the carrier. In both cases, the pilots ejected and survived. The remaining planes operated for a time from the Russian air base at Latakia, on land in western Syria, rather than from the carrier.
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bager1968 wrote:Kuz runs 4 steam-powered turbines, fed by 8 diesel/gas-fired boilers. These are built in Russia, as are the repair parts for them.
The turbines they have problems getting are gas turbines (modified jet engines) that are built in Ukraine (who is a mite PO'ed at Russia right now, and won't sell them any more).
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jua wrote:The Russian navy operating in the med is just a collection of targets. The Ukraine isn't strategically important to anyone but the Russians and Ukrainians.
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