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Russian Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier Loses an Su-33, arrestor hook to blame again

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posted on Dec, 6 2016 @ 11:49 AM

The Russian Navy's Admiral Kuznetsov air wing suffered its second loss in less than a month when a Sukhoi Su-33 'Flanker' combat aircraft crashed into the sea following a landing mishap, the Kremlin confirmed on 5 December.

The multirole fleet defence fighter crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria after one of the ship's arrestor cables snapped, state media quoted the Russian defence ministry as saying. The accident happened just days after a MiG-29KR 'Fulcrum' was forced to ditch into the sea on 14 November after a problem with Admiral Kuznetsov's arrestor cable had prevented it from landing before the pilot ran out of fuel. On both occasions, the pilots were rescued.

With these losses the carrier's fixed-wing combat force of at least five Su-33s and four MiG-29Ks has been depleted by about 20%, just weeks into its much vaunted debut operational deployment.

As Zaph stated, carrier ops often lose aircraft: its tough to blame on a ship! However, the size of the Kuznetsov airwing makes this triply worse.

posted on Dec, 6 2016 @ 12:15 PM
a reply to: anzha

However, the size of the Kuznetsov airwing makes this triply worse.

Not considering the air armada at their base inside Syria. The air craft carrier thing is a 'show of force'. The Mediterranean Fleet also bristles with missiles in anti shipping role.

Defense update

Wiki, air base outside Latakia

posted on Dec, 6 2016 @ 12:38 PM
Posted earlier here

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