OSK Shipyard to Have Technological Capabilities to Build Aircraft Carriers
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (OSK) will have the technological
capabilities to build helicopter carriers and aircraft carriers starting
from early 2019, OSK Director General Alexei Rakhmanov has told the
Russia 24 TV broadcaster in an interview. "We will be prepared
for helicopter carrier construction just like we are prepared for building
aircraft carriers," he said.
nuclear powered Project 23000E Storm aircraft carrier may displace 80,000
to 85,000 tonnes with some 70 aircraft on board.
of the technological capabilities of aircraft carrier construction,
we expect them, most probably, by early 2019 once the planned modernization
has been completed. This will afford us a degree of preparedness enabling
us to build superships, be them civil or military," Rakhmanov
According to him, OSK possesses the aircraft carrier design and construction
competences. "The personnel capabilities of the companies in
Russia’s Northwest allow us to set up internal corporative ties
that will ensure the transfer of the competences," the OSK
director general said.
About 75% of OSK’s order book is orders placed by the Russian
Defense Ministry, with the rest being those awarded by foreign customers
and civilian operators.
"As of now, we have a rather good order book, with about 75%
of it made up by orders from the Defense Ministry. The rest are those
we are executing as part of military technical cooperation and civil
shipbuilding," Rakhmanov said.
He stressed that the manufacturer "has made a lot of efforts
to fulfil as much of its defense procurement program as possible",
but has been unable to fulfil 100% of it for a number of reasons.
"First of all, this is due to a rather big number of lead ships
we have to build. They are complex products, and much development work
has to be performed first before they are built," he added.
OSK’s 2015 proceeds will be about 317 billion to 318 billion rubles
($4.5 billion) and its net profit to total the record-breaking 14 billion
to 15 billion rubles ($197 billion-$212 billion). "This year,
the proceeds will increase over 2014. We expect them to be 317 billion
to 318 billion rubles. Our profit is to grow too compared with 2014.
Most probably, it will equal 14 billion to 15 billion rubles. Actually,
this is another record," Rakhmanov told the Russia 24 TV channel
in an interview.
At the same time, the OSK head noted it was too soon to balance the
books, because the situation will be clear in January 2016. In 2014,
the corporation’s net profit accounted for the record-setting
11.7 billion rubles ($165 million) and its proceeds stood at 281 billion
rubles ($4 billion).
Navy Recognition's comment:
Earlier this year, the Nevskoye Design Bureau’s CEO, Sergey Vlasov,
told TASS that the corporation was pushing ahead with research into
an aircraft carrier of the future entirely of its own accord, without
any terms of reference from the Navy to rely on. Vlasov speculated there
may be two projects: a nuclear-powered ship with a displacement of 80,000-85,000
tonnes and some 70 aircraft on board. A non-nuclear aircraft carrier
having a displacement of 55,000-65,000 tonnes will be able to carry