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Russia’s Carrier Programs

An overhead view of Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov.
Admiral Kuznetsov. Public Domain.

The latest in my series about world-wide aircraft carrier programs is up at the National Interest:

That said, the Kremlin seems to view aircraft carriers as an important contributor to national prestige. The Russian navy took great pains to get Kuznetsov into position to support operations in Syria, and despite the embarrassment associated with that, has now pushed the carrier into a major refit. If the Kremlin determines that it needs a carrier to keep pace with France, Britain, China and India, it will need to begin seriously considering how to build or acquire such a ship.

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