Russian Navy will upgrade Admiral Nakhimov nuclear cruiser

Russian Navy in 2011, will begin a program of modernization of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser "Admiral Nakhimov" Project 1144 "Orlan", According to "Interfax" referring to a source in the General Staff of the Navy. This ship has been put in for repairs in 1999, but work has not been started. For 12 years, the cruiser was idle at the dock Severodvinian Enterprise "Sevmash". After the repair and modernization of "Admiral Nakhimov" will be completed, the ship entered service the Pacific Fleet.

Following the "Admiral Nakhimov" through modernization program will be two other ships of project 1144 — "Admiral Ushakov" and "Admiral Lazarev". As expected, the missile cruisers will be replaced outdated analog avionics computer and installed. The ships will be also set new weapons. According to the source agency of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, on the "Admiral Nakhimov" has already started work on dismantling the equipment and weapons.

Previously, the company "Sevmash" announced that the modernization of missile cruisers will be carried out according to the "Peter the Great", the only ship of "Orlan" standing for the Russian Navy and performing combat missions in the Northern Fleet. Funds for the renovation and modernization of "Admiral Nakhimov" has already been allocated, but the exact amount is still unknown. Previously director of "Sevmash" Nikolai Kalistratov said that the allocated funds to repair the cruiser is not enough.

In July 2010, the headquarters of the Russian Navy announced that the missile cruisers of "Orlan" return to the combat strength of the fleet in the next ten years. "Admiral Nakhimov" was built by the shipyard 1144.2 Baltic Shipyard in 1988 and until 1992 was called "Kalinin". A total of 1144 for the project were built four ships. "Admiral Lazarev" and "Admiral Ushakov" were put into reserve in 2002 and 2005, respectively. "Admiral Nakhimov" is listed in the Northern Fleet.

Displacement "Admiral Nakhimov" was 26.2 thousand tons. Cruiser capable of speeds up to 32 knots. The ship is armed with anti-ship missiles complex "Granit", anti-submarine missiles "Waterfall-NK" rocket-bomb installations "Smerch-3" and "Boa-1", artillery installation AK-130 anti-aircraft missile complex "Fort" and the anti-air defense system " Osa-MA ". The ship also has torpedo tubes 533 mm. In the air group consists of three Ka-27PL.

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