10 Jul 2019 14:02

Russia to build nuclear-powered aircraft carrier but not in near future - Navy commander

ST. PETERSBURG. July 10 (Interfax) - Construction of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy has been approved, but this won't happen in the near future, the Russian Navy Commander Nikolai Yevmenov said in response to Interfax's question.

"Of course, there will be [a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier]. But not in the near future," Yevmenov said at a press conference on the sidelines of the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg.

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) President Alexei Rakhmanov told Interfax in February 2018 that the corporation was working proactively on the aircraft carrier project.

According to the Russian military, the design of a new aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy was stipulated by the second stage of the state armament program for 2018-2027.

Russia's only present aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is currently under repair.