According to some Russian news sources a contract has been signed for a modernisation of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier.
The modernization will focus on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck, including replacement of the deck covering, tailhooks, aircraft arresting gear and other elements of the take-off system.
A contract between the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for the modernization and overhaul of the Admiral Kuznetsov has finally been signed last month, following a long delay due to contractual disputes between the two sides.
Russia’s deputy defence minister for procurement, Yuri Borisov, has stated in April that the entire re-fit would be complete by the end of 2020 and the ship back in service in 2021.
Admiral Kuznetsov, commissioned in 1990, is the sole carrier of the Russian Navy and has deployed intermittently following the collapse of the Soviet Union.