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Sevmash Shipyard to complete Kirov-class cruiser Admiral Nakhimov modernization by 2020

Naval Forces News - Russia
Sevmash Shipyard to complete Kirov-class cruiser Admiral Nakhimov modernization by 2020
The Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk plans to complete the maintenance and major modernization of the Admiral Nakhimov heavy nuclear missile cruiser of project 11442M by 2020, Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said.
Heavy nuclear missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov Project 11442Admiral Nakhimov heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser (TARKR) currently under refit at Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. Picture: Sevmash shipyard via
"According to the plan, the shipyard is replacing and upgrading life-support systems of the warship, the radio-technical warfare means and power units. The modernization will also replace missile and artillery armaments of the Admiral Nakhimov. As a result the heavy nuclear missile cruiser will have completely new tactical and technical characteristics and will considerably enhance the potential of the surface forces of the Russian Navy," he said.

A state contract for the maintenance and modernization of the warship was signed in the spring of 2013 and the cruiser was placed into a dry dock in the autumn of 2014.

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Kirov class nuclear powered guided missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov CGN 080File picture: Aerial starboard quarter view of the Russian Northern Fleet Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov (CGN-080) underway.
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The Sevmash Shipyard launched the modernization of the Admiral Nakhimov to Project 11442M standard on January 24, 2014. The modernization started with dismounting the large equipment and systems subject to replacement or repair. This slashed the structural weight, which, in turn, made it easier to bring the ship from the berth to the flooding dock.

Sevmash and KBSM (Special Machinebuilding Design Bureau) made a deal for 10 modules of 3S14 vertical launch system (VLS) for installation as part of the cruiser’s upgrade. The deal’s value is estimated at 2.559 billion rubles ($39 million). Thus, 20 SM-225 launchers of the 3K-45 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) system will be replaced with 10 3S14 VLS modules to accommodate 3M-14 (SS-N-30) land-attack and 3M-54 (SS-N-27A Sizzler) antiship cruise missiles of the Kalibr missile system. The ammunition load will total 80 missiles.

The Project 11442M (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered heavy guided missile cruiser will be equipped with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles during her upgrade, a source in shipbuilding industry previously told TASS. "The Admiral Nakhimov’s strike system will be replaced with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as part of her repair and heavy upgrade," the source said.

It was earlier reported that the first Russian Navy vessel to receive Pantsir-M missile and gun system will be heavy nuclear missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov. It will also be fitted with a new generation information management system.