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Russia will develop and build new aircraft carriers in the next decade, according to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov. Preliminary design discussions will begin later this year, he indicated. Full-scale development would be possible after 2010 under a new government weapon procurement plan. The existing arrangement does not cover aircraft carriers. Kuroyedov says the vessels would accommodate new-generation aircraft, and he projects entry into service in 2016-17. The Russian navy will receive at least two carriers, one each for the Northern and Pacific Fleets, he says. The country now has only one remaining aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.
with a coastline the size of russia's I can see the use of aircraft carriers
Originally posted by Senor Freebie
Actually Russia isn't that poor. Their are more billionaires in Moscow then there is in New York when measured in US$ and the cost of living is also higher there. With many millions living there I don't think the Russian people are living poorly. The difference is that the cost of living outside Moscow is very low and so are incomes. This doesn't make for a country that is not capable of surviving but it makes for a country that doesn't seem to have a big economy when measured in US$.
bmdefiant; Russian pilots may not get as many hours in the air as they did in the 1980's but they get more then they got in the 1990's. Not only that but when they sign up they sign up for life. That means that if they were to get called into war they would've have been training for that day for a much higher average of years then US pilots. You can argue all you want that US pilots are better trained but the average amount of years spent training Russian pilots is at least triple that for their US Navy counterparts. Besides they have the best carrier aircraft in the world.