Russia will start designing and building helicopter carriers after 2020 when it completes design work on a new large landing ship, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bursuk said on June 20.
According to Bursuk, these universal amphibious assault ships are stipulated by the shipbuilding program and will be built at the second stage of the program’s implementation.
President of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said that “there will undoubtedly be competition among design bureaus” within the corporation.
Earlier the Russian state-run news agency TASS reported citing a source in the Russian defense industry that the Russian Defense Ministry and the United Shipbuilding Corporation had agreed that the construction of domestic helicopter carriers would begin in 2020 at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard.
According to the report, two such warships are planned to be built. The delivery of the first one is expected in 2024. The second warship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2026. The warships will reportedly have a diesel gas turbine installation. They will carry out Kamov Ka-52, Ka-27, Ka-29 and Ka-31 gunships.
Russia was set to receive two Mistral-class helicopter carriers from France in early 2015. However, France broke the contract expaining its decision with the Russian involvement into the crisis in Ukraine. Thus, Moscow was forced to consider producing own universal amphibious assault ships.