Russian Su-33 crashed in the Mediterranean while attempting to land on Kuznetsov aircraft carrier   Leave a comment


The Aviationist.com

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Less than three weeks after losing a MiG-29, it looks like the Russian Navy has lost another aircraft during Admiral Kuznetsov operations: a Su-33 Flanker.

Military sources close to The Aviationist report that a Russian Navy Su-33 Flanker carrier-based multirole aircraft has crashed during flight operations from Admiral Kuznetsov on Saturday, Dec. 3.

According to the report, the combat plane crashed at its second attempt to land on the aircraft carrier in good weather conditions (visibility +10 kilometers, Sea State 4, wind at 12 knots): it seems that it missed the wires and failed to go around* falling short of the bow of the warship.

The pilot successfully ejected and was picked up by a Russian Navy search and rescue helicopter.

Considered that on Nov. 14 a MiG-29K crashed while recovering to the aircraft carrier, if confirmed this would be the second loss for the air wing embarked on Admiral Kuznetsov in less than three weeks and a significant blow for the Russian Naval Aviation during its combat deployment off Syria.

*Update: the Russian MoD has confirmed the incident. According to an official release the arresting wire snapped and failed to stop the aircraft.

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Namesake: Nikolay Kuznetsov
Ordered: 3 March 1981
Builder: Nikolayev South

  • Designer: Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau
Laid down: 1 April 1982
Launched: 6 December 1985
Commissioned: 25 December 1990

(Fully operational in 1995)

Refit: May – August 2015
Status: in active service

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Kuznetsov being shadowed by a US destroyer

General characteristics
Class and type: Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier
Displacement:
  • 43,000 tons (Standard-load)
  • 55,200 tons (Full-load)
  • 61,390 tons (Max-load)
Length:
  • 305 m (1,001 ft) o/a
  • 270 m (890 ft) w/l
Beam:
  • 72 m (236 ft) o/a
  • 35 m (115 ft) w/l
Draft: 10 m (33 ft)

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The carrier in the North Sea shadowed this time by a British destroyer

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Propulsion:
  • Steam turbines, 8 turbo-pressurised boilers, 4 shafts, 200,000 hp (150 MW)
  • 2 × 50,000 hp (37 MW) turbines
  • 9 × 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) turbogenerators
  • 6 × 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) diesel generators
  • 4 × fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h)
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Endurance: 45 days
Complement:
  • 1,690 (total); 1,690 ship’s crew
  • 626 air group
  • 40 flag staff
  • 3,857 rooms
Armament:
  • 6 × AK-630 AA guns (6×30 mm, 6,000 round/min/mount, 24,000 rounds)
  • 8 × CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS (each 2 × 30 mm Gatling AA plus 32 3K87 Kortik SAM)
  • 12 × P-700 Granit SSM
  • 24 × 8-cell 3K95 Kinzhal SAM VLS (192 missiles; 1 missile per 3 seconds)
  • RBU-12000 UDAV-1 ASW rocket launchers (60 rockets)
Aircraft carried:
  • Approx. 41 aircraft
    • Fixed Wing;
      • 12 × Su-33 fighters (current)
      • 20 × MiG-29K/KUB fighters (future)
      • 4 × Sukhoi Su-25UTG/UBP trainers
    • Rotary Wing;
      • 4 × Kamov Ka-27LD32 helicopters
      • 18 × Kamov Ka-27PL helicopters
      • 2 × Kamov Ka-27PS helicopters

 

Posted December 9, 2016 by markosun in Military

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