Russia’s Admiral Nakhimov heavy nuclear cruiser will return to service after modernisation in 2022, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko told reporters on Monday.
The Admiral Nakhimov is the third battlecruiser of the Russian Navy Kirov class. The ship was originally commissioned into service with the Soviet Navy in the 1980s, known back then as the Kalinin.
“It will be the most powerful Navy warship. We inspected the project, the ship is now about 50% ready,” he said in a statement reported by Russian media.
According to Krivoruchko, the defense ministry allocated 29.5 billion rubles for the project this year alone.
“As was agreed with the Sevmash shipyard, we expect to receive the ship in late 2022,” he said.
“We have no doubts that this timeframe will be observed.”
The new timeframe anyway, work on modernising Admiral Nakhimov was resumed in January 2014 with the vessel originally being projected to rejoin the Russian Navy in 2018.
Admiral Nakhimov is slated to carry the P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missile and a navalised variant of the S-400 (missile) SAM system, among other weapons.