Russia designs new heavy aircraft carrier

The St. Petersburg Krylov State Research Center has designed the Project 23000E 'Shtorm' heavy aircraft carrier, the nplus1.ru portal wrote, referring to janes.com.

The Project 23000E 'Shtorm' heavy aircraft carrier. Source: Press Photo

The St. Petersburg Krylov State Research Center has designed the Project 23000E 'Shtorm' heavy aircraft carrier, the nplus1.ru portal wrote, referring to Janes.com.

"The ship is tasked to accomplish a variety of missions in remote oceanic areas, strike on ground and seaborne enemy targets by use of its own weapons and seaborne aircraft and protect the airspace," Nplus1.ru has quoted Krylov State Research Center Director Valery Polyakov as saying.

The ship will have a length of 330 meters, a width of 40 meters, a draught of eleven meters and a speed of 30 knots. Its aircraft escort will consist of Mikoyan MiG-29K and Sukhoi T-50 carrier-based fighter aircraft, long-range radar detection aircraft and Kamov Ka-27 multirole helicopters.

Russian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov said earlier that a next-generation aircraft carrier was being designed for the Russian Navy.

"The work on the prospective aircraft carrier is in full swing. The Navy will get the aircraft carrier. The works are fully consistent with the requirements set out by the Navy command. The main requirement is that the aircraft carrier must have broad capacities both for the use of carrier-based aircraft and for effective operation within combined forces," Chirkov said.

At present, Russia possesses one aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.

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