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Russian Navy modernizes nuclear-powered cruiser Admiral Nakhimov

Russian Navy modernizes nuclear-powered cruiser Admiral Nakhimov 28.03.2011
Text: Lenta.Ru
Photo: Admiral Nakhimov. Wikipedia
In 2011 Russian Navy will launch modernization program of Program 1144 Orlan nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, reports Interfax referring to a source in Navy Main HQ. This ship was laid up for repairs in 1999, although works have not started so far. The cruiser has been staying idle at moorage wall of Sevmash shipyard for 12 years. When repairs and modernization of Admiral Nakhimov are completed, the ship will join Pacific Fleet.

Other two ships of Project 1144 Admiral Ushakov and Admiral Lazarev will undergo repair and upgrade right after Admiral Nakhimov. It is planned to replace obsolete analog radio-electronics with digital ones, and rearm the cruisers with new weapons. According to a source in United Shipbuilding Corporation, dismantling of arms and equipment has been already started on Admiral Nakhimov.

As was previously declared by Sevmash shipyard, modernization of the missile cruisers will be carried out in the manner of Petr Veliky which is the only operable Orlan-class ship in Russian Navy. Funds for repairs of Admiral Nakhimov have been already appropriated, but exact sum is still uncertain. Earlier on, director general of Sevmash shipyard Nikolai Kalistratov stated the works were not sufficiently financed.

Russian Navy Main HQ reported in July 2010 that Orlan class missile cruisers would return to the Navy within the nearest 10 years. Admiral Nakhimov was built under Project 1144.2 by Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in 1988 and had a name of Kalinin till 1992. In all, four ships were built under Project 1144. Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Ushakov were decommissioned in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Admiral Nakhimov is still in inventory of Northern Fleet.

Displacement of Admiral Nakhimov is 26,200 tons; max speed is 32 knots. The cruiser is armed with Granit antiship missiles, ASW systems Vodopad-NK, antisubmarine rocket launchers Smerch-3 and Udav-1, gun mount AK-130, air defense systems Fort and Osa-MA, 533-mm torpedo tubes. Air wing includes three Ka-27PL helicopters.

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