Russia to Complete Construction of Ukrainian Cruiser

18 May 2010 (Last Updated May 18th, 2010 18:30)

Russia will complete the construction of a Ukrainian cruiser that has been suspended for almost 15 years, according to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Ukraine launched the construction of the Slava Class Admiral Lobov cruiser in 1984 at the Nikolayev shipyard, but it stalled during

Russia will complete the construction of a Ukrainian cruiser that has been suspended for almost 15 years, according to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Ukraine launched the construction of the Slava Class Admiral Lobov cruiser in 1984 at the Nikolayev shipyard, but it stalled during its final stage in the late 1980s due to military budget cuts, according to Rianovosti.

Yanukovych said the cruiser was 95% complete but could not be finished without Russia's help.

Around $30m is required to finish construction of the ship, according to the reports.

Slava Class cruisers carry 16 SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles and are specifically designed for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare.