Russia unveils its plans to build two helicopter carriers

Russia unveils its plans to build two helicopter carriers
Russia unveils its plans to build two helicopter carriers

Russia is planning to build two helicopter carriers at Crimea’s Zaliv shipyard – for a total cost of about 100 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) – a source in the military-industrial complex told Russian State media. 

Universal landing ships, also known as helicopter carriers, have never been built in Russia and the USSR before.

“Construction contract is slated for signing in late April. The helicopter carriers’ cost will be slightly less than 100 billion rubles,” the source said.

According to the source, the ships could be commissioned in 2026 and 2027. 

“The lead ship should be commissioned in 2026, and the second one should be commissioned in 2027”.  

It seems that technical project for both ships has already been prepared and it complies with the Russian Navy’s requirements. 

The ships’ full displacement will be 25,000 tons, while their length will be about 220 meters. 

Each ship is expected to carry up to 20 heavy helicopters, 900 marines and will be equipped with a docking camera for landing boats.

Neal Path

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