Russian Navy to modernize Pyotr Velikiy heavy missile cruiser

Russian Navy is planning to modernize its heavy missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, Yuri Borisov, Russian Deputy Defence Minister, confirmed.

As Borisov said, the strategic nuclear fleet as well as multipurpose submarines will be developed as well as heavy nuclear cruisers Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Velikiy will be repaired and modernized.

According to Yuri Borisov, modernization will be held in the framework of the State Rearmament Programme 2018-2027.

Pyotr Velikiy (Russian: Пётр Великий) is the fourth Kirov-class battlecruiser of the Russian Navy.

Initially named Yuri Andropov (Russian: Юрий Андропов) for Yuri Andropov, the former General Secretary of the Communist Party, the ship’s name was changed after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The Russian designation for the type is “heavy missile cruiser”, but Western defense commentators re-invented the term “battlecruiser” to describe these as they are the largest surface combatant warships in the world.

Pyotr Velikiy is the flagship of the Northern Fleet.

Construction of the ship was heavily affected by the economic problems before and after the fall of the Soviet Union and it was not commissioned until 1998, twelve years after work had started. By then it had been renamed Pyotr Velikiy, Russian for Peter the Great. The ship has been known to carry two pennant numbers during its service; “183” and currently “099”

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