Staunton, January 17 – At the end of last year, Russian government outlets repeated their claims that the repair of the Admiral Kuznetsov was proceeding in a timely fashion and that Russia’s only aircraft carrier despite all the problems of the past would be ready to return to full service for the fleet in 2022.
But photographs show that absolutely no work was done on the vessel during the course of 2020 and that none is going on today, Russian military observer Aleksandr Kovalenko says; and thus, despite all the money being spent and all the hype about progress, there is little or no chance the carrier will ever return to service (charter97.org/ru/news/2021/1/14/407519/
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The problems the aircraft carrier faces are not unique as some defenders of the Russian military try to claim. Rather they highlight far broader problems with the country’s military-industrial sectors, problems that include ensuring adequate funding, corruption, and the Kremlin’s failure to recognize these realities, Pavel Luzin says.
The independent Russian military analyst says that the Russian defense industry has suffered from many of these problems for years, but the last several have intensified them because of Western sanctions and the need for the government to shift its spending to cope with the pandemic (ridl.io/ru/armija-i-vpk-perspektivy/