Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” is preparing to voyage for the coast of Syria in the Mediterranean. The purpose of the march is to test in real combat conditions the capabilities of the ship and those of the air strike group on its board, including the latest Russian helicopter Ka-52K “Katran”.
The deck aircraft of the cruiser will join the Syrian campaign in the period from October 2016 to January 2017.
The deployment of the “Admiral Kuznetsov” is part of a planned testing of Russian arms, said Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) magazine, told RBTH.
“Sending the Admiral to Syria is a test of the operational and technical capacity and ability of our air carrier strike group since previously Russia has never used air carriers in real combat conditions,” said Murakhovsky.
Currently on board are about 15 fighters Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB and over 10 helicopter Ka-52K , Ka-27, and Ka-31.
The main task of the airline group will be providing air defense of the Russian Aerospace Forces and support the government troops in the actions against terrorists.
“The air group’s capacity to strike ground targets is limited. A new turning point in the war with militants should not be expected. The main role in the war against terrorists is being played by Assad’s troops,” said Murakhovsky.