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Russia new “Shtorm” aircraft carrier Project 23E000E will go into service by 2030

Why is Russia creating the biggest aircraft carrier in the world?

April 13, 2017 NIKOLAI LITOVKINRBTH

Due to bubbling geopolitical tensions, Russia needs to show its presence in various parts of the world. As a result, it’s building an aircraft carrier that will be able to simultaneously carry up to 100 fighters and bombers.

The new “Shtorm” aircraft carrier – a.k.a. Project 23E000E – will be included in Russia’s next armament program for the 2019 to 2025 period. The aircraft carrier will go into service in the navy by 2030 and experts say that its potential base will be Severomorsk (1,880 km north of Moscow).

During the campaign in Syria Moscow has realized the necessity of such a ship. Moscow sent the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores, however, the ship has already done three decades of service and is on its last legs.

“On the Russian ship’s deck there were about 30 planes, while an American aircraft carrier can carry up to 90. Also, the take-off speed on the Admiral Kuznetsov was a few minutes, while on an American aircraft carrier three planes can take off in one minute. Moreover, there are many tasks that the Russian ship cannot perform today. Therefore, Russia needs a new modern aircraft carrier,” said a source from Russia’s defense industry.

In today’s geopolitical conditions Russia’s presence on the world’s oceans is necessary for protecting itself from potential aggressors, experts believe. “An aircraft carrier is a point of strength. It can move about the world and dictate its conditions to others. Of course, for the Americans our aircraft carrier means nothing because they have 19 of them. While Russia will have one, two at the most. Nevertheless, it’s a force to be reckoned with,” a source told RBTH.

What is Shtorm all about?

The Russian ship’s parameters will be similar to the U.S. Gerald R. Ford supercarrier, notes Professor Vadim Kozyulin from the Academy of Military Sciences.

Like the American carriers, Shtorm will have a completely open deck. It will also not be protected by artillery, similar to the Soviet-Russian Admiral Kuznetsov.

“It will be a floating airport that is accompanied by an entire squadron of ships,” added Kozyulin.

The area of the take-off deck will be equivalent to three football fields. The deck will contain four lanes of various lengths, as well as a mixed launching system comprising springboard and springboard-catapulting.

Kozyulin stressed that due to the absence of weapon systems aboard the aircraft carrier it will be guarded by about ten ships including frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and submarines.

Also, two RITM-200 nuclear engines will help Shtorm accelerate to 30 knots (30 mph or 55 km/h). The ship’s overall displacement will be 100,000 tons and its draft 11 meters. The ship’s crew will be about 4,000 strong.

However, Russian defense experts will have to solve a series of problems before the aircraft carrier is built.

What the aircraft carrier lacks

Shtorm’s deck will carry MiG-29K fighter jets and the naval version of the fifth-generation T-50 plane, Kozyulin believes. And while the navy has already received deck fighters from the MiG family, and perhaps even tested them in Syria, the new generation T-50 is only being developed in Russia. And its ship version still only exists in blueprint form.

“Also, Shtorm will need corresponding infrastructure. A special dock will have to be built for such a ship and it will have to be protected as it stands in the harbor on all sides – land, air, and sea. This means that additional air defense and coast guard units may appear around its base,” explained military expert and Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Evseyev.

Moreover, according to experts, the construction of Shtorm will cost from 350 billion to one trillion rubles ($6.15 to $17.5 billion), depending on the ship’s components.

“Considering the 90 deck fighters that will have to be built for Shtorm, as well as the necessary infrastructure, the aircraft carrier’s costs could easily double,” added Evseyev.

Because of the high price and the economic sanctions many experts, including one of the creators of Shtorm’s first model Vladimir Pepelyaev, doubt that the project will appear in its original form. Consequently, the constructors have already begun developing an equivalent that has smaller dimensions but similar combat potential.

Original post rbth.com

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US attack ISIS hits poison gas supplies and released toxins which ‘killed hundreds’ in Syria

Syria: US hit ISIS chemical weapons depot, killing hundreds

Syrian sources claim the US attack Wednesday on ISIS targets struck poison gas supplies and released toxins which ‘killed hundreds’.

Yoel Domb, 13/04/17 15:40

The Syrian army claimed that an air strike late yesterday by the US-led coalition hit poison gas supplies belonging to ISIS, and released a toxic substance that killed “hundreds including many civilians”. Syria says it has destroyed its own poison gas weapons.

The incident in the eastern Deir al-Zor province proved that ISIS and al-Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”, a statement by the army publicized on Syrian state TV claimed, adding that these weapons had been obtained from “countries in the region which are well known.”

The report could not immediately be independently verified and the US has denied that it attacked any ISIS chemical weapons site.

Last week the US launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase , in response to a deadly poison gas attack in the west of the country that Washington blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Syria and its ally Russia deny that Damascus carried out any such chemical attack. Assad even claims that the US ‘fabricated’ the chemical attack, while Moscow has said the poison gas in that incident last week in Idlib province belonged to rebels.”

Experts have said that there is no proof that Syria destroyed its chemical weapons when it promised Barack Obama it would do so and that in addition, it may be manufacturing them.

The US strike on the Syrian air base last Thursday was the first time Washington has deliberately and directly targeted the Syrian government.

Original post israelnationalnews.com

Main Image: FILE PHOTO: Frame grab from video provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, black smoke rises from an airstrike on an Islamic State group’s position, in Deir al-Zour, north – Source haaretz.com

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Guess now it’s Russia’s turn to send some cruise missiles to US positions in Syria…………

Image: dailymail.co.uk

Asia must shield against Trump’s missiles

April 14, 2017 01:00 

By The Nation

A US strike against North Korea would damage the entire region and embroil the world in conflict

There are reasons aplenty to believe that the United States under President Donald Trump could trigger another global war. If he sees more horrifying photos or hears horrendous stories about further atrocities committed by any government or militant group anywhere in the world, he might be unable to control his emotional reaction or rein in the gut instinct to punish the perceived wrongdoers. He would certainly opt for the use of force, which in American culture represents strength and power, as was clear enough in the American mainstream media’s standing ovation for Trump’s strike against Syria a week ago.

Since Trump became president, America’s global role has turned upside down and spun around. If any other nation with the power to do so had lashed out at Syria as the US did, there would have been no end to the international recriminations. Trump, however, works a form of mercurial magic, so that it doesn’t matter what he’s done or said previously. His beliefs are malleable, and US policy has to bend with them.

Thailand, of course, can offer any other country lessons in this sort of flexibility. Thailand might be the most flexible nation of all, a ready partner for any government or cause, as needs dictate. America before Trump had no such flexibility, because its actions depended on esteemed principles.

But Trump has changed all that. Claiming to be teary-eyed at seeing images of the babies gassed in Syria and ready to wreak vengeance on their behalf, he will henceforth be widely portrayed as a leader with a heart, regardless of his anti-immigration policies targeting Muslims (including Syrians). Any contradictions perceived will be dismissed as

“alternative contradictions”. White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s defences of his president’s actions are befuddling, if not shameful, teeming with words like “incredible” and “wonderful”.

For Asia, the most dangerous aspect of the careening Trump doctrine is plain to see – the possible use of force against North Korea. We in this region cannot afford to feel complacent about the US raining Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airfield simply because it was so far away in the Middle East. If there were a similar attack against targets in North Korea, all of Asia would register the impact, beginning with South Korea and rippling southward. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is a very different leader than Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Assad might have felt nothing when he unleashed chemical weapons against his own people, but Kim has far worse armaments in hand if he decides, without feelings, to strike out against South Korea, Japan or US warships in the vicinity, and the death toll could be colossal.

This is no longer a remote risk. Having finally garnered media praise and boosted his popularity ratings by acting against Syria, Trump is primed to use force again. As every world leader knows, war is a handy way to divert public attention from domestic problems.

Thus, we are again perched on the edge of an abyss. Trump no doubt feels comfortable with a Tomahawk in his hand and was unscathed in its first use. When his predecessor, Barack Obama, initially threatened to hit Assad, citizen Trump criticised him for war-mongering. As presidential candidate, Trump maintained that there was no need for American involvement. As a troubled president, he found wisdom in it. The Americans who elected him, who had no admiration for Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, love macho leaders.

With China hopefully leading by example, it would be best for Asian nations to unite against the imposition of Trump’s newfound doctrine here, so that we remain the masters of our own destiny.

Original post nationmultimedia.com

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