George1 wrote:Vepr is the most modern after Gepard (1995 commissioned) and its inactive?
I also thought that Magadan, Kuzbass and Volk have finished refurbishment
Vepr exhausted fuel and was put in reserve.
The rest are nowhere near finished. They haven't really even started on them. Kuzbass, for example, is still sitting pierside, not in dock.
ZVEZDA was lagging so hard on 971 repairs that the Navy transferred Samara and Bratsk to Zvezdochka. IIRC, in Pacific Fleet, priority has been given to 949A upgrades.
Not that Zvezdochka will get to them any faster. Zvezdochka is currently working on Leopard, Volk will get some dock time soon to examine the hull, and Samara/Bratsk have only just entered the repair pipeline, they won't see the inside of the repair shop for a long time yet.
Kashalot is a goner. Even if they don't sell it to India, I don't think there is any interest in getting it back into action again, unless some funds miraculously start falling from the sky or oil gets to $200/bbl. Like I said, there is contract for only six 971M upgrades + maintaining some of the newer 971s.