Russia will deploy the Admiral Kuznetsov, their only aircraft carrier, to the Mediterranean to support Assad’s regime//Syrie: le porte-avions Amiral Kuznetsov entrera en action en Syrie à partir de la Méditerranée

Russia’s state-run TASS news agency recently announced that Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will deploy to the Mediterranean from October 2016 to January 2017 to fly sorties against the enemies of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. This event comes just weeks after the U.S. deployed an extra aircraft carrier to the region.

“The General Staff has prepared a plan for involvement of the deck aircraft in delivering strikes on terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic, where the crews will practice taking off the carrier to deliver strikes on ground targets,” the source told TASS.

This deployment will mark only the fifth deployment of the Kuznetsov since it’s launch in 1985. All previous deployments only lasted a few months were also in the Mediterranean.

Additionally, the Kuznetsov only displaces about 55,000 tons and can support about 30 aircraft. It’s ski-jump platform and lack of catapults mean that planes launched from the Kuznetsov have a reduced maximum takeoff weight, and can therefore carry less fuel and strike within shorter ranges, meaning the carrier will have to float closer to the shore.

The Kuznetsov is further limited by mechanical issues and the fact that it has to be refueled every 45 days or so.

In comparison, US aircraft carriers are nuclear powered and can stay at sea for extended periods. Currently the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is stationed in the Mediterranean in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led mission to destroy ISIS.

The deployment of the aircraft carrier comes the day before the U.S. and its NATO allies meet in Warsaw, in large part to confront Russia’s attitude in Georgia and Ukraine.

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Selon l’agence Tass, dans un communiqué hier, la Russie déploiera pour la cinquième fois son porte-avions Amiral Kuznetsov, un navire amiral de la marine russe en Méditerranée orientale dès octobre prochain. Cet événement vient seulement quelques semaines après que les États-Unis ont déployé un porte-avions supplémentaire dans la région.

Ainsi, le Kremlin sera en mesure d’utiliser à la fois la base aérienne de Hmeymim près de Lattaquié et bien sûr ce porte-avions à proximité de la côte ouest de la Syrie.

Ce navire de guerre (43.000 tonnes et 305 mètres de long) est équipé d’avions de combats et d’hélicoptères blindés. Le Kuznetsov eput transporter seulement  55,000 tonnes environ  et  30 avions.

Cela aidera à combattre les milices islamistes à travers tout le pays, aussi bien l’Etat islamique que les autres groupes terroristes qui luttent contre l’armée arabe syrienne.



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