For the Russian Naval Aviation is very important to work in the development of unmanned platforms. I expect to be unmanned:
- The future Maritime Patrol / Airborne Early Warning and Control platforms (most of them shipborne, adapted to the different ship weight categories, to achieve maximum range for every ship size category).
Very likely both roles can be unified, with more powerful features in the bigger platforms.
Chief-in-Commnad Naval Aviation Kozhin said PAK KA till 2030 - in 10 years i doubt new VSTOL unmanned fighter will be developed.
As for AWACS - still question manned or not, VSTOL ot no tis open, if all ships then tiltrotor would be a logical solution. Not that much worse performance than classic shipborne AWACS but much mor emodest runaway requirements.
The following references bolded in green, in both the interview to Kozhin and from the Russian Maritime Doctrine of 2015 open the door to what I commented:
- Igor Sergeyevich, if possible, indicate, please, the prospects for the development of naval aviation for a long period of time, for example, until 2050.
- As I have already mentioned, in naval aviation it is planned to modernize the existing fleet of aircraft and their phased replacement with promising aviation complexes.
The daily routine of sea pilots. Photo Vadim Savitsky.
At the first stage (until 2020), an active modernization of the existing aircraft fleet is carried out. We are also talking about the replacement of special aircraft with new types of aircraft, the inclusion of assault and transport-assault ship-based helicopters (Ka-52K), naval unmanned aerial vehicles into the combat strength of the naval fighter aircraft units (MiG-29K / KUB). In total, up to 2020 it is planned to supply more than 100 aircraft to the naval aviation of the Navy.
At the second stage (2021–2030), the modernization of the entire fleet of naval aviation aircraft and helicopters and the re-equipment of coastal-based fighter-assault aviation aircraft will be continued. home base. Naval aircraft of the radar patrol, ship-based unmanned aerial vehicles, and a promising naval aviation complex should come into service with naval aviation.
At the third stage (2031–2050), naval aviation is expected to switch to a new generation of multifunctional aircraft and adopt a new generation of high-precision air-based weapons systems; and patrol plane far zone. Search and rescue helicopters of the amphibious class of the far zone will be created, including for operations in the Arctic and offshore Arctic seas.
For the Russian Naval Aviation the focus in the first phase will be the development and serial production of an advanced maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) by 2020.
Additionally, Russia will look to develop and produce a new shore/ship-based multirole helicopter (to replace the Ka-27) and acquire a ship-based combat helicopter (the Ka-52K). Russia will also seek to develop advanced airborne strike systems.
The second phase will see the deployment of the new Russian ship-based radar surveillance aircraft, ship-based UAVs, and ship-based strike aircraft. The 2021-2030 period will see the Russian Naval Aviation transition to optionally piloted aircraft, including those derived from existing manned aircraft. Obsolete aircraft are to be replaced by modern, multirole manned and unmanned aircraft.
During the 2031-2050 phase naval aviation focus will switch to a new generation of multirole aircraft and UAVs and field a new generation of airborne precision weapon systems.
Russia is creating, and will create, multiple prototypes and models of sipborne UAVs, that will be mostly VTOL, unless you think only the aircraft carrier will be able to use them. Every ship will have them. As example the Project 22800 that has not helicopters included, is including Orlan-10 UAVs.
It will be several models of shipborne UAVs that mostly will have reconnaissance, surveillance, maritime patrol and early warning roles, with different equipment depending of the size. Also it will be some combat UAVs with anti-ship and anti-submarine armament.
Ships without helipad will have small UAVs, ships with helipad can use UAVs until the size of an helicopter, and the aircraft carriers can have even bigger UAVs of enough size to allow strong Early Warning equipment. And this will make every ship significantly more autonomous in its level.
At same time, there nothing that allows to assure that the new fighter of the naval aviation will be VTOL or STOVL.