Some could be based in the Black Sea - at Sebastopol anchorage & esp. new Novorossiysk base with long piers.
Get it through your head, they will send aircraft carriers to the northern fleet and the Pacific fleet... sending Russian carriers to the Med is like sending US carriers to operate in the Black Sea... the term shooting fish in a barrel springs to mind.
They'll retain long range AshMs & won't be pure a/c carriers that r not allowed in the Black Sea. (Btw, that treaty may be changed later to allow the coastal states to keep them there.)
There'll be facilities for them by the time they appear. They need them for CGNs anyway.
They would need about a dozen new large support and supply ships, plus some cruisers and destroyers to operate as part of the surface group... which will take 10 years to develop and build and put in to service too... not to mention basing for all those ships as well.
P-3s can launch Harpoons from up to 150 nmi (280 km) away
Subsonic Harpoons would not be that problematic in terms of self defence for a ship with the equivalent of two Pantsir batteries attached to its hull, plus four TOR batteries as well...
not only: Syrian rebels too, which r being supported by NATO. Their planes could aid them by disrupting Adm. K group ops.
The K wasn't doing anything other forces in Syria couldn't do instead. They had plenty of Su-24 and Su-34s that could drop dumb bombs on targets if MiG-29KRs and Su-33s weren't available.
those planes can also hit Syrian naval & shore targets.
Russian forces are there to defend Russian forces. Russian S-400s have not been used agaisnt Israeli attacks or NATO attacks using cruise missiles... why would they shoot down Orions or Posidens?
Adm. K wasn't sending dozens of planes out like US CVNs do, so launching alert fighter now & then wouldn't have affected "optempo one iota".
When your arrester gear is not working properly you don't launch aircraft you don't need to launch.
Are those su-33 and mig-29k able to launch nuclear armed tactical cruise missiles ? That would make them have 4 different ways of delivering nuks. Triade + carrier based airwing.
Possibly, but I doubt it... their primary role is air defence of the carrier and the ships operating with the carrier. They were testing attacking ground targets as an experiment, which seemed to go well, in terms of communications and planning and execution. The obvious problem was with the arrester gear which they could not fix in situ.
True, but again it depends on tactical situation. An Oscar has no choices on delivery method, while the Kuz does. If I was in the position of needing to be able to put tactical nukes on target I'd want options and flexibility.
That might be the thinking with regard the modifications to the Su-33 with their blind high altitude nav/bombing upgrade that they want their carriers to do more than just air defence and air support for surface groups. If they want landing ships at the very least they will need to support landing operations, but I rather doubt that would include the use of tactical nukes either.
I would suggest the only nukes the Navy will use will be fitted to anti ship missiles and torpedoes.