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Next Level: Russia Upgrading Some 20 Warships, Submarines

Sputnik News

14:31 08.02.2016(updated 17:19 08.02.2016)

Russia is repairing and modernizing some 20 warships and submarines in the framework of its large-scale rearmament program.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – About 20 ships and submarines of the Russian Navy are currently undergoing repairs and modernization, a Russian defense industry source said Monday.

'At the moment, some 20 warships and submarines of various series, including the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, the large anti-submarine warfare ships the Admiral Chabanenko and the Admiral Tributs, the guard ship Neustrashimy, the large amphibious landing ships the Kaliningrad and the Oslyabya, are being repaired and modernized,' the source told RIA Novosti.

The source added that about 10 submarines of various series were being upgraded.

The Russian Navy will receive two modernized nuclear missile cruisers by 2021, the source said.

The Admiral Nakhimov missile cruiser is currently undergoing repair and modernization at the Severodvinsk port's Sevmash shipbuilders and will reenter service in 2018. In 2019, the Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) missile cruiser will go in for repairs and modernization.

"Work on the repairing and modernization of the Pyotr Veliky may begin in 2019 after the Admiral Nakhimov is finished with repairs and modernization at the end of 2018. So, by 2021, the Navy will have two modernized nuclear missile cruisers."

According to the Russian Navy's Shipbuilding Department, the overhaul of the Admiral Nakhimov will involve upgrading of the warship's life support systems, missile systems and artillery weapons, as well as electronic weapons systems. The life of the warship will be extended for at least another 35 years following the repairs.

The Admiral Nakhimov, formerly named the Kalinin, is the third of the four Kirov-class heavy guided missile cruisers that was in service with the Soviet and subsequently the Russian Navy from 1980 to 1998. Only one of them, the Pyotr Veliky, is operational at the moment.

Russia is currently implementing a large-scale rearmament program, announced in 2010, to modernize 70-percent of its military hardware by 2020.


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