Russia’s solely plane provider could obtain the most recent radio gear – navy and protection
MOSCOW, May 11th. / TASS /. The heavy aircraft cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov may receive the latest, partially tested automated system for close-range navigation and control of flights, approach and landing operations on deck while repairs are in progress, a domestic defense industry source told TASS Tuesday.
“As part of repairs, there are plans to replace the old Rezistor-K42 system with a new complex similar to the Rezistor-E, which has proven itself in the Indian Navy. The new equipment integrates Russian electronics and has not yet been fully tested at one of the two NITKA [ground-based aircraft training] facilities available in Russia, “the source said.
TASS has not yet officially confirmed this information.
According to open sources, some parts of the latest system, the name of which is unknown to TASS, have been delivered to the NITKA pilot training facility in Yeisk, southern Russia. In particular, the facility received the system’s secondary radar. However, the combined equipment has not been fully tested due to the unpreparedness of the facility. As previously reported, NITKA’s ground-based aircraft training facility in Yeisk will only start operations in 2016 instead of 2016.
Experts believe that the best option is to test domestic Rezistor technology during training flights at the NITKA site in the city of Saki in the Crimean Peninsula, which for some reason has been forgotten and is a full-scale ground-based replica of the Russian sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov . The training center was reintegrated into Russia after the reunification of Crimea with the country in 2014.
The companies doing experimental design work to develop aircraft equipment and materials for the existing and future flattops have already moved to Crimea, the source said.
The Rezistor-E-System was developed and manufactured by the Chelyabinsk Research Institute for Measurement and Radio Technology. In the meantime two Rezistor E systems have been delivered to India. In particular, the flagship of the Indian Navy, the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (the former carrier of the Russian Navy, Admiral Gorshkov), which was upgraded at the Sevmash shipyard in northwest Russia and delivered to the Indian side, is equipped with this system.
According to the Chelyabinsk Research Institute for Instrumentation and Radio Technology, Indian Navy pilots have made over 1,500 landings on the deck of the aircraft carrier and the Rezistor-E system has “performed excellently”.
The Rezistor-E system has a digital data exchange channel with deck-based MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB combat aircraft that are used in the Indian and Russian navies.
“The Rezistor E equipment for the Vikrant aircraft carrier under construction in India was delivered on time,” said the Chelyabinsk Research Institute.
Russian aircraft carrier, its ground-based versions and airplanes
The ground-based training facility for NITKA naval pilots in Saki returned to Russia together with the reunification of Crimea. The assembly of metal structures was designed to allow future improvements, experts say. This is the fundamental advantage over the similar connection in Yeisk made of concrete.
Today the NITKA aircraft training facility in Saki is to be repaired and upgraded so that pilots of deck aircraft can practice flights on the “Crimean airline” as early as the summer of 2021, according to experts.
In February 2017, a strike group of Northern Fleet porters returned from their Mediterranean operation to their home naval base in Severomorsk. The carrier group included in particular the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky. The deckplane of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov took part in a military operation in Syria for the first time in the modern history of the Russian Navy.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral of the Soviet Union’s fleet, Kuznetsov, is currently being repaired at the 35th Ship Repair Plant (a subsidiary of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Center within Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation). The Russian Northern Fleet operates two separate ship fighter aviation regiments: the 279th Formation, which flies Su-33 and Su-25UTG aircraft, and the 100th, which integrates MiG-29K / MiG-29KUB fighters.
During his deployment in distant waters, Admiral Kuznetsov carried the 279th regiment and only a few aircraft of the 100th formation, the pilots of which had been trained in the NITKA facility in the Crimea.
According to the information available, at the time of the airline’s remote deployment, most of the aircraft of the 100th separate combat aircraft regiment were in Yeisk, where the new NITKA is expected to go into operation. Construction began due to the lack of opportunities to use the NITKA complex in Crimea, which at the time was part of Ukraine.
Aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
Project 11435 heavy aircraft carrier cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov is expected to achieve superiority in the areas of naval operations at sea and in the air in order to ensure the sustainability of the Navy’s struggle, conduct air strikes against enemy targets and support troop landing operations.
The warship entered service in 1990. It displaces 58,000 tons and is 304.5 meters long. The aircraft carrier has a full speed capacity of 200,000 horsepower and develops a speed of up to 30 knots. In addition to the air force with 24 to 26 fighter jets and 12 helicopters, Admiral Kuznetsov is equipped with missile defense and air defense missile systems.
The warship is equipped with a jump and two aircraft lifts. It has a crew of 1,300 men, while the Air Force personnel number 660 men.