Russian defense minister: No plans to build aircraft carriers before 2020
"We have no such plans until 2020. No funds have been earmarked,' the minister said.
So far, the Russian Defense Ministry "does not have a clear vision" of its future aircraft carrier's appearance and its technical capabilities, he said.
"We have ordered a preliminary design project. The industry, the United Shipbuilding Corporation to be precise, will have to show it to us. If it suits us, and if we understand that the ship itself and its support vessels will have some potential which we do not have today and which cannot be created by other ships, the chance of building it is not ruled out," Serdyukov said.
However, this construction will not be possible earlier than 2020, he said.
The preliminary design project should be ready in 2015, after which these issues can be discussed, he said.
The minister said he did not rule out that the aircraft carrier project could become obsolete.
"We need to understand how to assess all this. When we learn its technical capabilities and parameters, we will immediately begin thinking how to apply them. But, so far, it is empty talk," Serdyukov said.
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