At the moment, Russian military occupied the formation of technical specifications for promising aircraft carrier. According to preliminary data, ship be atomic, since equipping its diesel powerplants, the aircraft carrier will need a huge amount of fuel. Quite craft project will be ready by 2017, and in 2023 the first aircraft carrier to be launched. To save money built a new aircraft carrier is a modular scheme for 2-companies of the United Shipbuilding Company with final assembly of prefabricated modules in Severodvinsk "Sevmash".
By the time the first carrier-based ship is launched, the Navy must complete formation escort group. It is expected to enter missile cruisers, destroyers, multi-purpose submarines, frigates, corvettes, landing ships and support vessels. In total, members of each carrier battle groups will go 15 ships except aircraft carriers themselves. At the current time USC has been building new frigates, corvettes, also designs and forms the destroyer restoration projects missile cruisers in reserve.
In addition to the formation of the Navy carrier battle groups will be engaged and the construction of new bases of support, and the creation of land-based aircraft simulator in the town of Yeisk in the Krasnodar region.
In the middle of October 2011 the President of USC Roman Trocenko said that the formation of a new type of aircraft carriers for the Russian Navy is already underway, and the final decision on the construction of the ship will be taken in 2017. With all of this assumes that construction aircraft carriers will begin in 2018 and will end after 5 years. Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said more than once that the defense ministry has no plans to start a long-term construction aircraft carrier. If this is Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov stated that the construction of aircraft carriers is not incorporated in the state program of armaments for 2011-2020.
At the current time in service with the Russian Navy is one aircraft carrier — heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov Russian." The ship was built in 1985 and designed by 1143.5 "Merlin" and entered the fleet in 1991. In the air group of the ship, assigned to the Northern Fleet, has 12 Ka-27 helicopters and 33 carrier-based fighter Su-33. In April 2010 it was reported that the "Admiral Kuznetsov" in 2012 will be a large-scale renovation and modernization of the enterprise, "Sevmash". Refreshed ship return to the fleet in 2017.