The designing of a perspective aircraft carrier with a nuclear power unit for the Russian Navy will begin not until 2020, the TASS news agency reported on June 30, citing a source in the shipbuilding industry.
According to the source, this work is currently underway. It will move in a particular phase in 2020. The Russian Navy is going to get a new aircraft carrier in the third decade of the 21st century. The design work will be started in 2020, and an aircraft carrier will be built before 2030.
‘It’s logical, if we analyze the military shipbuilding over the last 20 years … Everything fits in the principle from small things to large, as over these two decades it was necessary to create new production capacities and modernize the old ones, which will enable us by 2030 to build large ships,’ the source said.
‘Russian Navy expects to receive an advanced aircraft carrier with a nuclear power by the end of 2030, and the contract on the construction of an aircraft carrier could be signed by the end of 2025,’ he said.
At the beginning of this year, Head of the Russian Navy Shipbuilding Department, Vladimir Tryapichnikov, also said that the Russian Navy is going to get an advanced aircraft carrier with a nuclear power unit by late 2030.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told that the Krylov Center has already offered three projects.
‘They are fairly good and a decision on the aircraft carrier will be made closer to 2025,’ he said.
Today, Admiral Kuznetsov is the sole aircraft carrier operated by the Russian Navy. The Krylov State Research Center (shipbuilding research and development institute) previously announced the development of a heavy aircraft carrier of Project 23000E Storm that can boast of a displacement of up to 100,000 tons and an air group comprising 80-90 aircraft.
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