Russian Aircraft Carrier
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Baltiysky Zavod, Krylov Research Institute, Nevskoye PDB, Sevmash and USC* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Russian Aircraft Carrier
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2023
Total Production: 4
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Description: The next-generation Russian Aircraft Carrier, being developed by United Shipbuilding Corporation (USBC), will be a nuclear-powered ship according to details made public in early March 2009 by the Russian Navy. The 60,000 metric tons aircraft carrier with a full displacement of 75,000 tons will lack cruise missiles compared with Admiral Kuznetsov class ships. The air wing will consist of a naval version of the PAK FA fifth-generation fighter with up to 36 aircraft onboard, helicopters, unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) and auxiliary multi-purpose airplanes such as cargo or early warning aircraft. The Russian Navy expects to have a more accurate and clear picture and the technical characteristics of the new aircraft carrier by 2012.
The Russian Navy plans call for the procurement of four to six aircraft carriers to be based at the Northern and Pacific fleets by 2020 but only three nuclear-powered carriers seems to be a more realistic estimate. Russia intends to use these ships and their strike groups to patrol the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Pacific fleet may cover the Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf area. The sites more likely to build these large ships are Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in Saint Petersburg and Sevmash shipyard in Severovinsk. The price tag for each of the new carriers is about $4 billion.
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