Alexey Rahmanovic: United shipbuilding Corporation
Steam turbine units are widely used in modern shipbuilding as “practically indispensable where you require large capacity power plant”, therefore the only Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” can not be considered obsolete. This was stated by RBC President of “United shipbuilding Corporation” (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov.
“Besides, the aircraft carrier is first of all a carrier of weapons. And because it has modern aircraft, he is able to achieve goals and “to spit” so that little nobody seems. So I do not share the position that he will look pale against the background of our main competitors” — said the head of the company.
According to him, the Severodvinsk “Sevmash” (enters in OSK) has facilities and specialists capable to build aircraft carriers. “He just took made in Ukraine iron trough, half a length filled with oil, and made it the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya for Indian Navy,” — said Rakhmanov. The President of the Corporation added that the USC is considering the possibility of building a new generation of aircraft carriers with a displacement greater than that of “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
Estimates by Rahmanov, “military shipbuilding where the built volumes are measured contracts in money, the USC is in fourth or fifth place in the world”, yielding “mostly American companies — Bath Iron Works and General Dynamics structures and, possibly, the French DCNS”.
In September, the military expert of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alex Lenkov called “Admiral Kuznetsov” a prototype of the universal air ship, which should provide “the right balance between carry air wings (ammunition and fuel supply), air defense and fire support.”
In July, the General Director of ship-repair center “Zvezdochka” Sergey Marichev said that to unload the old equipment will have to “maximize” almost half of the only Russian aircraft carrier.
In February the American magazine The National Interest have included the “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the top five worst in the world history of aircraft carriers ever to be launched.
Currently, the Russian carrier is being refurbished. The ship must obtain new energy equipment and weapons. Relevant work planned for completion in 2021.
Of the seven aircraft-carrying anti-submarine cruisers project 1143 “Merlin”, created in the USSR, to the present time in combat as there are only three. “Kiev” and “Minsk” sold to China, where it is turned into entertainment centers. “Novorossiysk” cut for scrap in South Korea. “Ulyanovsk” dismantled on the slipway. “Admiral Gorshkov”, after modernisation on “sevmashe” transferred to India, where he received the title of Vikramaditya. “Varyag” sold to China, where after the conversion has received the name of Liaoning. Russia has only the “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
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