In December 2010 year, Russian news agencies said, citing a source in the Defense Ministry, which in Russia up to 2020 will begin construction of four new aircraft carriers. With all of this it was noted that already are working on the design and technical documentation. Later, a number of Russian officials denied the report. With all this Ivanov noted that in the state program of armaments for 2011-2020, the amount of funding which will be about 20 trillion rubles, increased attention will be paid to "speed up the process of production" of submarines.
The first time that in Russia is design new aircraft carrier, it became clear in 2009. It was reported that one of the leading companies of USC, but the condition of the project was not specified. At the current time in service with the Russian Navy is one aircraft carrier — heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov Russian", designed by 1143.5 "Merlin" in 1985. The ship comes to the Northern Fleet and serves as the base for 12 Ka-27 helicopters and 33 deck-based fighters Su-33.