I am sure Sevmash is capable of upgrading the Kuznetsov into a more capable vessel.
Building a new fixed-wing carrier is another issue.
I am certain Sevmash is not capable of doing it "quickly and efficiently".
Building a ship is building a ship... in fact planning and implementing a total rebuild of an existing vessel into another form like the did for India with the gorshkov is rather harder than simply building from scratch a new vessel.
BTW China has no experience with actually building their own design aircraft carrier either...
Still not enough if you have to modernize a large ground force, a large air force, a large navy and a nuclear triad as well.
Ummm... do you think they plucked that number from the sky as a guess... or do you think they did a lot of planning and actually worked out that that was the amount of money they needed to do the job they intended to do... if it is the latter than I would think it would be enough because that is what they plan to do.
Look how much the British military struggled to get enough funds for their new carrier despite their central role in the Royal Navy.
Russia doesn't need to send forces to Afghanistan for long expensive stays, and Iraq and other places the US drags them to...
And the British do not have to fund a large ground force and nuclear triad.
But they do have one pig fucker of a leader...
If Spain, and France and the UK and Thailand and South Korea and Australia can afford light carriers then Russia could certainly afford a couple.
Or are you suggesting if the UK can't afford it then Russia can't... because the UK can't afford strategic bombers yet Russia seems to have quite a few... not to mention truck based ICBMs...
You can insult me now as much as you like or whatever you like (since some already did regarding this same subject), but supercarrier is faaar from possible in Russia at this moment simply coz of technical reasons, put money aside, they would find money if they really cared to build carrier. Hopefully Zvezda will be able to take some segments for carrier in future, some Sevmash but they will still need very big outfitting quay. Simple fact is that biggest USSR shipyards ended up being out of todays Russia, where all of the biggest ships were built and Russia is left with 300x30m building docks. China, South Korea, US, Japan, France have drydocks that basically outsize Russian outfitting/repair quays.
Why do you think the Russian navy bothers with Kuznetsov?
Why hire facilities in the Ukraine for carrier training?
Why bother with Mistral carriers?
WTF are you talking about super carriers for?
Zvezda is being planned for use in building super tankers and other very large cargo ship production.
Work on the yard, intended to build ships up to 360m and 250,000dwt
note... 360m long is very long, and 250,000dwt is fucking enormous... for those not familiar with dwt... that is dead weight tonnage and is a measure of how much a ship can safely carry, so we are not talking about 250 thousand ton ships we are talking about ships that can carry 250 thousand ton payloads...
If even only one of the other 3 Kievs would still be around and not scrapped or sadly ending their days as amusement parks in China...
I am glad they are gone... being able to design and build a new vessel from a blank sheet of paper means they will end up with a much better vessel than if they had to base it on another design.
They are planning naval versions of the PAK FA... would it be worth it for one carrier?