Retrofit of Nuke Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov to Finish by 2020

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The Sevmash shipyard located in Severodvinsk, Russia, plans to complete overhaul and in-depth upgrade of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov by 2020, said Capt 1 Rank Igor Dygalo, Russian Navy’s spokesman, on Friday, January 13.

"As was scheduled, the shipyard is replacing and renewing the cruiser’s life support systems, radio electronic weapons, and power supply systems", Dygalo told TASS. "The modernization program implies replacement of missile and artillery systems as well", added the official.

Heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov

"As an outcome of the retrofitting project, the cruiser Admiral Nakhimov will feature radically new performance characteristics and thus significantly enhance military capabilities of the Russian Navy’s surface fleet", emphasized the spokesman.

The Project 1144 heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov has been repaired at the Sevmash shipyard since 1999. Spent nuclear fuel was unloaded in 2008, and in 2013 the yard tied an overhaul and retrofit contract with the Defense Ministry in order to make Admiral Nakhimov the Russian Navy’s most powerful ship. In 2014, the cruiser was moved to the shipyard’s flooding dock. In 2016, the shipborne equipment was disassembled and the new one was received on board.

As was earlier reported, modernization of Admiral Nakhimov was supposed to finish in 2018.