Expert: The new aircraft carrier "will be a floating airport that is accompanied by an entire squadron of ships." Source: Artem Tkachenko
Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond The Headlines: Why is Russia creating the biggest aircraft carrier in the world?
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.
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WNU Editor: I have doubts that this Russian aircraft carrier will ever be built. It is not only the cost that is prohibitive .... but the technical and infrastructure resources that are necessary for such a project do not exist in Russia .... and will need to be built from scratch. On the other hand, the Chinese continue to move forward on their aircraft carrier plans .... What Kind of 'Major Advances' China's Third Aircraft Carrier May Feature (Sputnik).