The only Russian aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov", "smoked" during the march to the coast of Syria, not because of technical problems, said the commander of the cruiser Sergei Artamonov.
"This is not a sign of any malfunctions, in fact the ships of the NATO countries are also allowed to smoke, maybe their smoke goes to heaven not so high as ours, but then Admiral Kuznetsov has the tallest pipe in our entire fleet" , Artamonov said in an interview with Arguments and Facts.
According to the captain, absolutely "no smoke" Only ships with nuclear power plant, and the "Admiral Kuznetsov" is not one of them.
Artamonov said that during the campaign the Navy carrier battle group to the Mediterranean Sea followed her to 60 ships of NATO countries. "In certain areas, for example, from the Norwegian Sea to the eastern Mediterranean, our group at the same time accompanied by 10-11 them (the ships)," - said the commander of the cruiser.
Operation in Syria
According to him, the deck-based aircraft, "Admiral Kuznetsov" in the framework of the operation in Syria made sorties 420, 117 of them - at night. "Of course, planes and helicopters had to be used so as to eliminate the possibility of injury from the ground to the extent possible, our pilots have sought to strike without entering the affected area of a possible anti-terrorist defense." - Said the commander of the "Admiral Kuznetsov".
Artamonov said that, in addition to carrier-based fighters, on the "Admiral Kuznetsov" was more than ten different types of helicopters. According to him, a long voyage the crew of the aircraft carrier was first fully staffed by contract.
Last week, the ship of the Russian Navy strike group returned from a long voyage to the main base of the Northern Fleet - Severomorsk. Last Thursday in Severomorsk, a solemn meeting of the crews of the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" and the heavy nuclear missile cruiser "Peter the Great", who carried out combat missions in the coast of Syria.
Naval group left Severomorsk October 15 2016 years and one month later, the Russian military leadership reported about the first in the history of combat use of aviation, "Admiral Kuznetsov" - carrier-based fighters were involved in the military operation in Syria.
As reported by "Interfax", as part of wing, "Admiral Kuznetsov" was decked MiG and Su-29-33, multi-purpose helicopters Ka-27 and radar picket helicopters Ka-31. In addition, for the "Admiral Kuznetsov" cooked intelligence and attack helicopters of the new generation of carrier-based Ka-52K "Katran" (naval version of the Ka-52 "Alligator").
"Admiral Kuznetsov" lost in the Mediterranean Sea two fighters - MiG and Su-29-33. The accident occurred during landing, the pilots ejected.