Russia’s future nuclear carrier will have to be equipped with a nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the United Shipbuilding Corporation has told TASS.
“The project of a future Russian aircraft carrier, or as it is sometimes referred to as naval aircraft carrying complex, is in the design phase. Research conducted by the Nevskoye Design Bureau indicates that the sole way of meeting the Navy’s requirements, such as power generation, sea endurance and voyage range is to equip the ship with a nuclear power plant,” the source said.
The Nevskoye Design Bureau has worked on the project since 2007, the corporation’s official said. At the Defense Ministry’s request it has proposed the image of the ship and its air wing and determined the list of research and development works and requirements for its future base.