Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:50
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Aircraft Carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is preparing to start flights of the country’s latest fighter jet from near the Syrian coasts, a senior Russian navy officer announced on Monday.
“There is a need to launch the system before the aircraft-carrier enters the Mediterranean sea and it should get prepared for starting Mig-29 fighter jet missions by the end of 2016,” the Arabic-language media quoted an unnamed Russian navy officer as saying on Monday.
The news came as the Russian navy dispatched its Admiral Kuznetsov to the Eastern waters of the Mediterranean Sea to join the anti-terrorism operations in Syria.
The Kuznetsov is now working with Sukhoi-33 for tracking operations, but it lacks the capability of the Mig-29 fighter jets to hit the land targets.
“Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will be deployed to Eastern Mediterranean Sea between the months of October 2016 and January 2017,” a Russian diplomat was quoted by media sources as saying.
“Chief Staff of the Russian Army has prepared a plan based on which the aircraft carrier’s crew will exercise the processes of the fighter jets’ take off from the their landing on the carrier,” the diplomat said, adding, “The bombers on the board of aircraft carrier will cooperated with those in Humeimim airbase in Syrian coasts.”
“The carrier will be deployed to the nearest distance to Syrian lands to have enough fuel for long-distance combat flight over the country,” the sources further added.
“The carrier is projected to host at least 15 Sukhoi-33, Sukhoi-27 and Mig-29 and 10 choppers of K52, K27 and K31 in Syrian mission,” the source went on to say.
The carrier is projected to host at least 15 Sukhoi-33, Sukhoi-27 and Mig-29 and 10 choppers of K52, K27 and K31 in Syrian mission.
Original post @farsnews.com
|Class and type:||Heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser|
|Length:||305 m (1,001 ft)|
|Beam:||72 m (236 ft)|
|Draught:||11 m (36 ft)|
|Speed:||29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)|
|Range:||8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) @ 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph) 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) @ 29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)|