Thursday, February 27, 2014

Russians Have Made Little Progress on Aircraft Carrier Design

The general director of Russia's Nevskoe Design Bureau has acknowledged that Russia has made few design decisions to date on its planned future aircraft carrier programme.

In a February interview with state news agency RIA Novosti, Sergey Vlasov said his bureau could design a nuclear-powered or conventional carrier, displacing between 55,000 and 85,000 tonnes, and embarking 50 to 70 aircraft. However, he was not certain what aircraft the ship would carry, or whether the design would include catapults or a ski-jump.

He indicated that a new carrier could cost USD3-7 billion, depending on its specifications, and that the process from design to commissioning would take around 10 years.

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