Repairs to and modernization of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will start during the first half of 2017, said the TASS Russian News Agency. The work will be undertaken at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk and take 2.5 years.
“The decision to start Admiral Kuznetsov’s modernization at Zvezdochka in the first six months of 2017 has been made. The project plan specifying the costs and the amount of work to be performed will be completed within a couple of months,” the news agency source said, adding that “all works on board the ship must be finished by 2020”.
A repair contract has not been signed yet, but estimates suggest the work may cost more than RUB20bn.
The aircraft carrier, recently returned from duty in the Mediterranean, will have four of its eight boilers replaced and the others repaired. TASS says the Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center was prepared to take the ship in, “However, they refused to comment on the estimated timeframe, costs and the amount of work.” No contract has been signed yet. - March 2017