Russia unveils yet another aircraft carrier design

By George Allison *

Russia’s Nevskoe design bureau has unveiled a new aircraft carrier concept dubbed the ‘Varan’.

Readers will note however that Russia appears to reveal a new design every other month and the designs typically never see the light of day again.

‘Varan’ would have a displacement of 45,000 tonnes and would be able to carry 24 fixed-wing aircraft, 6 helicopters and ‘up to 20’ unmanned aerial vehicles according to state media Tass.

Nevskoe PKB is reportedly one of the largest domestic developers of ships in Russia and the only designer of aircraft carriers and training complexes in Russia.

I can’t ignore the huge sense of deja-vu when writing this article because I wrote something similar in 2019.

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