With Admiral Nakhimov, Russia will have the most powerfully armed cruiser in 2023

The Soviet Kirov-class nuclear cruisers, such as the Admiral Nakhimov, were, upon their entry into service in 1980, considered the most powerful naval surface units in existence, with the exception of aircraft carriers, and forced the US Navy to recommission four Missouri-class World War II battleships in an attempt to balance things out.

Heavily armed, with nuclear propulsion and a crew of 800 officers and sailors, these ships had unrivaled firepower until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Over the next 30 years, two of the cruisers, the Kirov renamed Admiral Ushakov, and the Frunze renamed Admiral Lazarev, were withdrawn from service in 2001 and 1999 respectively. The Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), the last unit of the class, was as for it launched in 1996 and admitted to active service in 1998 in a modernized version.

Since 2009 and a final phase of repair, it has been the flagship of the Northern Fleet, and the only unit of the class actually in service to date.

The last of the 4 Kirov class cruisers, the Admiral Nakhimov, ex Kalinin, entered service in 1988, but was withdrawn in 1999 for repair and modernization.

It remained in reserve status until 2014, when the Admiralty decided, after much procrastination, to make it a centerpiece of its naval system until the arrival of the new heavy destroyers.

A huge modernization project therefore began at the Sevmash shipyards to make the cruiser the surface unit with the most imposing firepower of the moment.

Et according to Vladimir Korolyov, deputy CEO of United Shipbuilding Corporation for Military Shipbuilding in an interview with Tass agency, it is coming to an end, since Admiral Nakhimov is due to join the Russian fleet in 2023, with completely renewed capacities. And of capacity, the Nakhimov will not be lacking!

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Cruiser Piotr Velickiy has the same S-300F / M system as Admiral Nakhimov, but kept its P700 Granit anti-ship missiles and SAN-4 Osa system for Close Air Defense

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