The commander of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” reported details of the campaign of the cruiser to Syria

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Hike a heavy aviabearing cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” to the shores of Syria have triggered keen interest from the Navy of NATO countries. During the transition of the Russian aircraft carrier strike group escorted to 60 ships of the Alliance, said the commander of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” Sergey Artamonov

As told by the commander of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” Sergey Artamonov in an interview with the newspaper “Arguments and Facts”, in some parts of the transition of the Russian ships were under simultaneous observation 10 – 11 Alliance ships. In addition, the commander of the cruiser noted the high interest in the campaign by foreign media. At the same time, noticed Artamonov, often in foreign publications were allowed a certain carelessness in the presentation of the facts. “The fact that British Newspapers were given for recent photos of “Admiral Kuznetsov”, was taken in 1995-1996″, — he said, commenting on the pictures of the ship in the foreign press. In addition, the illustrations often depict outdated technology that is not already in use on the cruiser.

According to Artamonov, the most difficult in the organization of the campaign was a preparation stage in which the pilots of the aviation group practiced hitting targets. The commander stressed the high skill with which the pilots acted in a combat zone. According to him, in combat missions had to take into account the possible presence of Russian air defense. “To the extent possible, our pilots wanted to strike without entering the zone of a possible defense of the terrorists. This is logical and is determined in such a thing as flying skill,” — said Artamonov.

Also the commander of the “Admiral Kuznetsov”, said the number of sorties carried out by pilots from the ship. Earlier it was reported that the pilots of the aviation group of the cruiser made a 420 combat sorties in Syria. Artamonov emphasized that the total number of departures amounted to about 700. This number also included and flights with the aim of ensuring combat aircraft, for example, the duty rescue helicopters in the air at takeoff and landing.

A campaign group of warships of the Northern fleet led by “Admiral Kuznetsov” began on 15 October 2016. The aim of the campaign was called “ensuring the naval presence in the operationally important areas of the World ocean”. In the Mediterranean sea aviation “Admiral Kuznetsov” struck blows to positions of Islamists in Syria. 8 Feb “Admiral Kuznetsov” and the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”, carrying out tasks in the Mediterranean sea, returned to Russia.

According to a study by RBC, the cost of the campaign, “Admiral Kuznetsov” in Syria for the Russian budget amounted to 7.5 billion rubles. Highest costs were caused by the loss of two deck-based fighters MiG-29K and su-33.

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The return of “Admiral Kuznetsov” in Russia

Naval group headed by aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” entered on January 25 in the North sea. She made her way through the English channel, where she was accompanied by British aircraft…

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