The arrival of the Admiral Kuzentsov has the potential to change the dynamic of Russia’s operations in Syria. The aircraft carrier possesses a significant amount of firepower on its own, and hosts jets and helicopters with additional capabilities.
The Admiral Kuznetsov’s defense system includes the P-700 Granit missile system with 12 launching installations. These are the most powerful winged missiles available to the ships currently in the Mediterranean. They have a striking range of more than 370 miles. It also has eight Kortik anti-aircraft missile and gun systems (256 missiles), six AK-630 naval artillery installations and four Kinzhal sea-based anti-aircraft missile systems (192 missiles). These systems help the Kuznetsov control the airspace over the Russian naval unit as well as coastal objects. The cruiser is also equipped with 60 Udav-1 rocket-propelled depth charges for protection against torpedoes.
In addition to its missile capabilities, the Admiral Kuznetsov can carry 26 Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB planes, as well as 24 Ka-27 and Ka-31 helicopters. In this campaign, the cruiser is carrying eight MiGs.
MiG-29K aircraft can carry KAB-200 bombs (including those with GLONASS positioning capabilities) as well as H-35 anti-ship missiles.
Video Source & Credit : Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation
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