The designs and solutions for Russia’s two new aircraft carriers do not meet modern standards, a source in the Russian Navy headquarter told newspaper Izvestia. “What we have been offered is in fact an old Soviet aircraft carrier of the “Ulyanovsk”-model”, the source argues.
Ship designers from the Krylov and Nevsky design bureau in Sankt Petersburg have for the past two years worked on a new aircraft carrier model. Now, the designers are requested by the Navy to come back with new models and solutions already before the end of 2012, Izvestia informs.
Russia has plans to construct two new nuclear-powered aircraft carriers by year 2027. One of the ships is to be ready for operations already in 2020. The ships will be based in the Northern and Pacific fleets respectively.
As previously reported, former Navy Commander Vladimir Vysotsky in 2008 announced the Russia will built new aircraft carriers. However, as noted by Izvestia, the ships are not included in the military budget plans for the period until 2020.
Russia today has one aircraft carrier, the “Admiral Kuznetsov”, which is based in the Northern Fleet. Reportedly, also this ship, which entered service in 1991, is to undergo modernization and the installation of nuclear power facilities is being considered, Wikipedia informs.
There are today 12 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers operating on the world seas, among which 11 are U.S. and one French.
Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.