will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief
Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability
to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau
has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and
the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov
If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian
navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral
The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in
1985 and has been scheduled to undergo a major overhaul.
aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov
(picture: US DoD)
Minister Anatoly Serdyukov first announced a plan in November 2011 to
construct new aircraft carriers, RIA Novosti reported, but he also said
at the time that the state had not provided enough financing.
Another former Russian carrier, the Admiral Gorshkov, was sold to India
in 2005, refitted and renamed the Vikramaditya. It is currently undergoing
sea trials in the Barents Sea.
Russia is currently in the middle of a huge rearmament program, with
$659 billion to be spent on arms procurement by 2020 according to the