The leadership of the Russian Navy is considering the possibility of buying the Ukraine missile cruiser, which is not completed in Ukraine.
The topic of the completion of the cruiser and its possible purchase by Russia was discussed at the subcommittee on defense and security issues of the Russian-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission.
The commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy said that all options would be considered by the next meeting of the subcommittee, which will be held in the fourth quarter of 2010 of the year.
It so happened that at the end of November 2008, I visited the cruiser "Ukraine" and after that a number of photos remained. I think that many of our readers will be interested in what Russia wants to buy from Ukraine.
At once I will make a reservation that the photos do not give an idea of the scale of this ship. When you find yourself on it, it seems that you got into one of the series of "Star Wars", so cosmic is the scale of the cruiser. It is here, as nowhere else, that there is a gap between today's Ukraine and the country that was able to build this ship. This is why it is a little sad that the scale of tasks that we are capable of solving today is several orders of magnitude smaller, whereas the scale of challenges is growing in progression.
Here is the cruiser from the water.
Cruiser near. I apologize for the quality, I made a photo with a phone with a 2 megapixel camera.
Near the slipway
This is a series of photos from the control center of the ship.
Good old Soviet phones there
I do not know what it is, but it seemed interesting, there are all sorts of buttons
This, I understand, the radar screen
One type of control center. Inside, the ship looks like an old-fashioned, sterile museum.
And this is a lift
Cabin Campaign for Officers
List of phones on board
Such cute curtains, and behind them the Basalt launcher
The chair is attached to the floor with a special hook.
The piano still plays great.
Officer's cabin. Bathroom with toilet
Sea comfort :)
View of the basalt launchers from the bridge
The bridge itself, actually
The whole ship is made with various kinds of antennas.
On the bridge
There are a lot of different devices, I do not even guess about the purpose of many. In this case, everything seems to be clear.
Here is such a cabin. There sits on each side of the watch, which looks forward. And the helmsman is in a separate booth, in fact, he does not even see what lies ahead.
This is the helmsman booth
That was near the periscopes
According to experts, the cost of this ship can fluctuate at the level of 400-600 million dollars. I think that, given the current state of Ukraine, the sale of the Russian cruiser would be the best way out of this situation. Back in December 2009, the director of the Treasury research and design center for shipbuilding (Nikolaev), Yevgeny Borisov, gave a fairly clear description of the situation regarding the cruiser.
“Would you like to buy a ship that was laid back in the 80s, the technical design of which was approved in 1974? During this time, at least three generations of military equipment changed. In the form as it is, the ship is obsolete. Part weapons, which is on it, has already been decommissioned in Russia. Therefore, naturally, they are all in thought, ”said the expert to“ New Region ”.
“Russia has already started the construction of frigates, the following destroyer destroyers. And in their combat effectiveness, they are comparable to this cruiser project, ”said Borisov.
“As for the operating cruiser“ Moscow ”, it has undergone some modernization. It replaced the shock-missile system, completed a number of modernization work. But, nevertheless, the cruiser "Moscow" was handed over to the USSR Navy back in December 1982 of the year. It's been 27 years. And the service life of the ship - 30 years. Draw conclusions ", - summed up the Ukrainian shipbuilder.