Austin wrote:Check the link posted above [re Kuznetsov repair]
Austin thanks for the links. -
Just to point out : my russian link is newer than any of your links (4 April 2019/5 days ago). You may have to google translate on it. I think these are ultimately from a Russian Military source telling the Izvestiya that there are differing opinions on value - maybe 2 frigates and an atomic submarine may be better use of the money.
That's why I said the prognosis is still unclear. (And the signal will be the official go-ahead/funding of the dry dock proposal. Plus any news on refit funding revisit)
Summarizing : Certain elements in Russia are unsure about the priority, money, the return on investment and time taken and are waiting for an (overdue) decision to go ahead on the dry dock.
(eg the article talked about either using modifying the Kola Shipyard Novatek or building the navy's own dry dock)
https://www.maritime-executive.com/arti ... f-murmansk [Kola shipyard at Murmansk was to be used for LnG plants, so obviously different set of priority options to be figured]
But all these represent extra funds just to get the carrier back to where it was before the accident. Russia had only allocated half the funds required for the refit even before - it would still be only partial renovation. And Russia had delayed full refit several times before over the years...
Officially the timeline is still the 3 year 2021 refit timeline, but you can figure that the decision, scope of refit and funding has to come first and any timeline change later.
The old tass link was known to me but not the others ... so I liked to read them...