Russia will start building a new aircraft carrier for its Navy after 2025, a Russian Military official said Monday.
“Work for creating an aircraft carrier has never stopped. The Navy has strict demands for an aircraft carrier,” the Russian Military official was quoted as saying by various media.
“But so far we don’t see anything in their demands that we can’t accomplish”, the Military official added. The most difficult task is designing the future ship - "coordinating what the Russian Navy needs and what industry can offer with regard to the fact that the air carrier should meet the requirements not of yesterday and today, but of tomorrow," the official said.
Even though there is no draft design of the new aircraft carrier yet, the experts from Krylov State Research Center and Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau created a draft model of the promising aircraft carrier. It was demonstrated at the recent Army-2015 exhibition.
Krylov State Research Center previously announced designing a heavy Project 23000E Shtorm (Storm) aircraft carrier with a displacement of 100,000 tons and air group containing of 80-90 aircraft.
Experts from Russia’s military-industrial complex believe that the aircraft carrier will take about 10 years to build. The new vessel would lend support to the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the only aircraft carrier, which is currently in the Russian Navy.
The Admiral Kuznetsov was constructed at the Mykolaiv South Shipyard, the sole manufacturer of Soviet aircraft carriers. It was launched in 1985 and become fully operational in 1995.