Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Capability gaps hamper Varan aircraft carrier

17th February 2021 - 18:44 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

A somewhat unfamiliar design — and the lack in Russia of a carrier-based AWACS capability — suggest that the Nevsky Design Bureau has bitten off more than it can chew.

The Russian Navy is investing much hope in construction of the new Varan aircraft carrier, also known as the ‘Universal Sea Ship’, which was unveiled in January 2021 by United Shipbuilding Corporation subsidiary Nevsky Design Bureau (PKB).

As currently planned, Varan would accommodate 24 multi-role aircraft, six helicopters and up ...

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