Russian Defense Industry Group sources said that once the decision was made, the development and construction price of new aircraft carriers in Russia was estimated to be 300-400 billion rubles (4.7-6.2 billion US dollars), while the current Russian National weapons program (2018-2027) did not specify this fund.
The full cycle of aircraft carrier development will cost about 300-400 billion rubles, which is not allocated in the current national weapons program, the source said At the same time, the source stressed that the Ministry of defense is continuing to study various aircraft carrier programs proposed by Russian design agencies.
Russias military leadership has repeatedly expressed the need to build a new aircraft carrier, but if this decision is made, its construction is also possible after the completion of the current national weapons program (2018-2027).
Russian new aircraft carrier program
In an interview, Vladimir valoyev, former commander and Admiral of Russias Baltic Fleet, said that for Russia, it is too urgent to carry out the research and development and construction of new aircraft carriers, because aircraft carriers are not defensive weapons, but offensive weapons.
Its good for Russia to have an aircraft carrier, but I dont think its a priority, valoyev said. The carrier strike fleet includes aircraft carrier, a ship with nuclear weapons, about 12 carrier close escort ships, air defense missile ships, 2-3 submarines, and anti submarine aviation forces. That is to say, it will not only cost billions of dollars in aircraft carrier R & D and construction, but also tens of billions of dollars in aircraft carrier supporting facilities.
Valoyev said that since aircraft carriers are not defensive weapons, but offensive weapons, and the main task of the Russian armed forces is to defend the country and other friendly countries, other types of naval equipment should be developed at present. I dont think its a priority for Russia to build an aircraft carrier, he said. The carrier program will disrupt the distribution of the Navys budget. We have other more important forces to develop, such as ballistic missile submarines, cruise missile submarines and aviation forces. If they work together, we can successfully solve the defense problem.
Source: editor in charge of global network: Li Zaixing, nbjs9026