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Russia instead of repair its only aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” should engage in the construction of nuclear submarines of project 885 “Ash” or small missile boats (IRC). This writes the expert naval Institute USA Richard moss.
“Russia will have NATO and the Navy [Navy] United States a great favor if you decide to spend money, time and human capital needed for a major overhaul of the aircraft carrier, which is obviously an encumbrance of the cold war era”, — the expert believes.
In his opinion, the restoration of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” is not due to the real needs of the Russian Armed forces, and is a matter of national prestige. The expert believes that the only Russian aircraft carrier has never been “a reliable platform”, and drew attention to the inefficient use of the ship, which due to problems with the propulsion system housing and the arresting gear needs frequent and expensive repairs.
In October 2018 at the 82nd ship-repair factory (SRZ) in the village of Roslyakovo (Murmansk oblast), where they repaired the aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, sank floating dock PD-50. While on the dock fell two tower cranes, one of which broke the deck of an aircraft carrier, triggering the emergence of a hole measuring four by five meters. The ship after the incident, was towed on the 35th of the FSA.
In March of that year, “Admiral Kuznetsov” headed compiled by The National Interest the rating of the worst carriers in the world’s history has ever launched.
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