Well the usual dozen of barely armed, combat aircraft deployed on the Kuz, for over 3 decades, is testament to a very well established Russian problem.
Well established Russian problem of not being murdering bastards?
They have not sent carriers around the world murdering people... therefore they can't send a carrier now to solve the problem of Syria?
Your line of thought is corrupt.
It is the normal western criticism... Russia does not use carriers the way we use carriers therefore Russia fails at being us.
Russia does not need a carrier to perform in Syria... a Cruise missile launched from 2,500km away from the actual target that explodes with the force of a 500kg bomb already does the job.
But then they have already done so with Corvettes and Submarines and aircraft... time to test Navy assets?
Sending a billion dollar carrier with a billion dollars worth of aircraft and spending tens of millions of dollars on fuel to do the job a single cruise missile can perform is just a quintessentially American government way of doing things and of thinking.
If they deploy a few planes and present everything as a "testing/training mission" it will be that the article is right.
You mean the way they were right about 11/9? Oops... no... the way they were right about Iraqi WMDs... Oops no, the way they were sure Assad would fall because there was no way Russia could send a small force to Syria and effectively turn the whole war around... a war their mighty war machine had failed to effect much at all... ISIS grew exponentially when the US was attacking it after all.
I doubt they would be right about what colour the sky is.... because their american sunglasses distort everything.
You are trying to determine what this mission is from a stupid american article?
The Kuznetsov is not an American carrier. Its job has never been to invade foreign countries or to support genocide or terrorists.
Its original goal was to provide air cover for Soviet and then Russian groups of ships... whether in the open ocean hunting for enemy subs or near land.
They have some new aircraft with some new capabilities... but what you are suggesting is that they have new aircraft but no trained pilots and they are going to go to Syria just to get a sun tan.
Hopefully they are going to help the Syrian people by killing some of the terrorists and foreigners that are trying to take over said country.
They are not going to transfer the Su-34s to deck operations... they will likely use a few MiG-29Ks with some new weapons to test them in realistic conditions and kill some people who burn women alive and cut the heads off little boys for fun.
The French just a few months ago managed to have a good two dozen of strike fighters, of which 18 Rafales and that with a 10,000 ton lighter carrier. They hit ISIS pretty hard and everyone took notes, only a week after Paris attacks.
Very American of them actually... they did nothing about ISIS until it effected them and then they over reacted for a short period and then went back to doing bugger all.
For me the Kuz deployment and its continuous delay spells trouble for the Russians. They have few capable aircraft, few pilots and a severely troubled, old CV to begin with. It's a big heavy ship (i.e. lots of people manning it) and yet it always carries an insignificant air wing. It takes months to deploy it and even those dates end up getting changed in the last moment.
Of course... they should stop spending money on carriers because they don't intend to use them the way the west uses them... because there is only the way the west does things and the wrong way... right?
I'm not debating on theoretical capabilities and specs, but operationally utilizing the said asset in a way that makes practical sense from CV ops point of view.
You don't even know what their objectives even are and you are judging them on you own narrow view?
Might come as a shock but they have just introduced into service the MiG-29K and perhaps they might just want to test it on people who behead children and burn young women alive for not being their concubines.
They are planning to build a few types of carriers in the near future... helicopter and fixed wing designs... perhaps they want a bit of experience in deploying aircraft and helicopters... but no... lets criticise them for not taking Nimitz class carriers and US pilots so they can murder some more government forces and help the terrorists some more.
On that bit I am sure RuN is not that naive, they just try to catch up in the carrier game. But the platform and 90s disasters still haunt them.
Yeah... cause spending 10 billion US dollars on a carrier that has capabilities the Russian Navy already has with corvettes armed with cruise missiles is pure genius...
Those "elaborate air defenses" and that dozen of Granits are not the reason for the extra 10k tons. It's a bigger ship, it's got a comfier deck and it is so far cruising with a tiny air wing, smaller then a lighter/smaller carrier out there. Simple.
It is a French ship... it has no defensive systems... just a big stick with a huge white flag in case they are attacked.
The K is an air defence carrier with anti carrier missiles designed to attack other carriers while shooting down any enemy air power that tries to stop them... it was never intended as a strike carrier so it does not need 50 aircraft for a strike package, an ESW support package and an air superiority flight package.
At the moment RuN's carrier ops track record with modern, fixed wing fighters (especially the strike component) is bad, which is only stating a fact.
No... actually it is being a bit of a wanker.
The Russian Navy has no track record of strike missions with carrier aircraft.
Claiming it is bad is just being a prick.
If the new reality "mercilessly butchers" this fact, then Russia will have truly achieved something unique.
Merciless Butchers... don't keep bringing the American military into this.
But for that to happen a simple demonstration of a mere 4 MiG-29K or a dozen or so Gefest-kitted Flankers won't be enough, neither will be any Ka-52K deployment on the Kuz. Much more is needed, in terms of numbers and quality.
Of course... 1,000 PAK FAs need to get airborne from the K and finish the war in less than two hours... and we need video or it never happened.
And with over 180 F-22s coming online, with SDB and JDAM capability, F-117 started becoming a liability for them.
Or perhaps they realised that a subsonic weapon that delivered the equivalent of a small bomb... could be billions of dollars of stealth aircraft that ran the risk of getting shot down by a MiG-21 with guns, or it could be half a million dollars worth of cruise missile...