Russian Missile Cruiser Varyag to Be Modernized by 2020

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According to a source in the Russian defense industry, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, Guards’ missile cruiser Varyag, will undergo a modernization until 2020.

Russia's guided-missile cruiser Varyag during joint maneuvering of Russian and Indian military vessels held as part of the naval exercise - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, Guards’ missile cruiser Varyag, will undergo a modernization until 2020, a source in the Russian defense industry said Friday.

"An overhaul and modernization of the Pacific Fleet's Guards missile cruiser Varyag will be carried out in the period until 2020," the source told RIA Novosti.

He added that the modernization implies equipping of the cruiser with new radioelectronic weapons, and upgrading of the propulsion system.

The Varyag is a Slava-class guided missile cruiser commissioned in 1989.

It was designed as surface strike ship with anti-air and anti-submarine warfare capability, and has a primary armament of sixteen P-1000 Vulkan nuclear-capable supersonic cruise missiles.

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