Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:06
At least two shipyards in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia have the potential to build a promising aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, United Ship-Building Corporation President Alexei Rakhmanov said in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio station on Tuesday.
A nuclear powered Project 23000E Storm aircraft carrier may displace 80,000 to 85,000 tonnes with some 70 aircraft on board.
The facilities that qualify for this effort include the Baltic and the Northern Shipyards, he said.
“We’ll have at least two sites where we’ll be able to build the aircraft carrier, using our capacities. First, this is the Baltic Shipyard. Second, this is the Northern Shipyard. We hope that we will start building a dry dock there this year,” Rakhmanov said.
“The average cycle of designing [and building] a ship of this type may be as long as ten years, considering the degree of its novelty,” Rakhmanov said in reply to a question about when the aircraft carrier would be built.
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The new ship has to become rather impressive and have displacement about 100 000 tons. The length of the ship will be 330 meters, width – 40 meters, and draft – 11 meters.
As calculations the maximum speed of an aircraft carrier has to make about 30 knots. However, it isn’t clear what power plant will be used.
Air Group will make a new aircraft carrier deck fighters MiG-29K, T-50 (PAK FA), AEW and multi-purpose helicopters Ka-27. But the numerical structure of air group is unknown. However, when compared with well-known classmates, for example, the latest generation of US aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, it can be assumed that the air group will be about 70-80 aircrafts (on American air group of 75 aircrafts). This will make our ship better than American competitors.
The flight deck of an aircraft carrier which you can see on the model will be mixed type with four launching sites. The aircrafts will be able to take off with traditional trampoline and using two electromagnetic catapults. Landing of aircraft will be provided by means of one arrester gear.