The report quoted a Russian Defense Industry complex source as saying earlier that if it is decided to build, the R & D and construction of the Russian Navys new aircraft carrier will need about 300-400 billion rubles (about 4.67 billion US dollars to 6.2 billion US dollars), but the expenditure is not included in the national armament plan 2018-2027.
Its good for Russia to have an aircraft carrier, but I dont think its a priority, valoyev said. Carrier strike fleet includes aircraft carrier, a warship with nuclear weapons, about 12 frigates for close escort of aircraft carrier, air defense missile ships for air defense of fleet, 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 fleet and related facilities.
Photo: admiral Kuznetsov is the only aircraft carrier of Russian navy. (official website of Russian Ministry of Defense)
Valoyev also pointed out 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 allies, priority should be given to the development of other types of naval equipment.
I dont think its a priority for Russia to build an aircraft carrier, he said. The aircraft carrier project will disrupt the budget allocation of the Russian navy. 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.
At present, the Russian navy has only one aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, which is under repair in the shipyard, the report said.
Source: editor in charge of Reference News: Li Zaixing