Air Platforms

Russia develops future combat aircraft

28 February 2018

The Russian Ministry of Defence’s Main Armament Executive is directing research and development work on a next-generation shipborne fighter and a long-range supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), the ministry-affiliated Zvezda TV channel reported on 24 February.

Nikolay Maksimov, chief of the shipbuilding institute, said Russia planned to procure an aircraft-carrier system, comprising the carrier itself, carrier air wing and a basing system. The Krylov State Research Centre has designed the carrier. Vladimir Pepelayev, head of the prospective ship design department, added that the new Russian carrier would be equipped with both a ski jump and catapults, and new aircraft would be developed for it, including a carrier-based early warning aircraft.

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