Russia has yet again unveiled a new aircraft carrier design.
At an annual Russian defence exhibition, the Krylov State Scientific Center unveiled concept for a new aircraft carrier.
Russia appears to do this every year and as most of you will be aware, the designs never progress further either due to a lack of will or resources on the part of the Russian military.
According to Russian state media, TASS, the ship if it’s ever built would have the following specs:
“According to the materials presented on the Nevskoye Design Bureau’s display stand, the aircraft carrier that will get a nuclear-powered propulsion unit will displace 80,000-90,000 tonnes, feature a maximum length of 350 meters, have sea endurance of about 120 days and will be capable of developing a speed of about 30 knots. The aircraft carrier will have a crew of 2,800 and its air task force will comprise 800 personnel. The carrier will have a service life of over 50 years.”
“There will be, of course, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier but not in the short-term perspective,” Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov said according to the state-run TASS News Agency.
These reflect earlier suggestions in Russian orientated defence news media that development of a new Russian carrier might not begin until well into the next decade, by which time, another dozen designs will likely have been unveiled.
Last year, the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, was severely damaged when the massive dry dock it was being repaired in partially sank and a crane smashed into the vessels deck, more on that can be found here.
As mentioned above, a replacement is likely a long way off and the Jamestown Foundation argue that it will not be replaced with a more modern carrier for at least another 15 years—and quite possibly never.