:: ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV (1985) ::

Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier missile cruiser (1985) High resolution picture

The Admiral Kuznetsov (successively named Riga, Leonid Brezhnev and Tbilisi) is a Russian aircraft carrier launched in 1985 and not operative until 1995, which as 2016 remains as the only aircraft carrier in service in the Russian Navy, where she holds the distinction of being the flagship. She is intended to remain operative until 2025-2030. A twin unit called Varyag was sold to China by Ukraine. After her refit, the Varyag passed to operate with aircraft Shenyang J-15, the Chinese version of the Russian Sukhoi Su-33.

Somewhat smaller and rather lighter than her North American counterparts, the Admiral Kuznetsov is nonetheless the largest aircraft carrier built in Europe and besides she operates with the largest fighter aircraft embarked in a carrier, the Su-33, which takes off from the deck without using any catapult by taking impulse in the ski-jump prow. And finally, the Admiral Kuznetsov is notable for her dotation of antiship, antiaircraft/missile and antisubmarine weapons.

Class: Admiral Kuznetsov (2 units - Admiral Kuznetsov, Varyag)

Type: Aircraft carrier missile cruiser

Length: 305 meters

Beam: 72 meters

Draught: 10 meters

Displacement (standard): 43000 tonnes

Propulsion: 4 x shaft, 2 x steam turbine, 8 x boiler, 200000 horsepower

Speed: 29 knots (54 kilometers/hour)

Range: 8500 nautical miles (15700 kilometers) at 18 knots

Complement: 1960 mariners and officers, 626 for air group, 40 for flag staff

Armament: 12 x SS-N-19 surface-to-surface missile launcher, 24 x 8-cell SA-N-9 surface-to-air missile launcher, 8 x CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS, 6 x AK-630 CIWS, 2 x RBU-12000 antisubmarine mortar

Aircraft: 14 x Su-33 fighter, 4 x Su-25 close air support aircraft, 17 x Ka-27 antisubmarine helicopter



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