I made this thread for discussion of aircraft carriers, thier importance in battle, their abilities, etc.
First I would want to make it clear that aircraft carriers from different countries are built to different standard.
For example Russia and USA have different standards in their aircraft carriers. Russia makes its aircraft carriers by leaning more toward the missile
defence system. Russian aircraft carriers can even arry nukes.
The ship has a Granit anti-ship missile system equipped with twelve surface-to-surface missile launchers. The Granit missile (NATO codename SS-N-19
Shipwreck) is reported to have a range greater than 400km and is capable of carrying either a nuclear or conventional warhead.
The Klinok air defence missile system, with 24 vertical launchers and 192 missiles, defends the ship against anti-ship missiles, aircraft and surface
ships. The system has a multi-channel electronically steered phased array radar and can achieve a firing rate of one missile every 3s. Four targets
can be engaged simultaneously in a 60 x 60° sector. The range of the system is 12 to 15km.
The Kashstan Air Defence Gun/Missile System, supplied by the Instrument Design Bureau and Tulamashzavod JSC in Tula, provides defence against
precision weapons including anti-ship and anti-radar missiles, aircraft and small sea targets. Eight systems are fitted, combining missile launcher,
30mm twin gun and radar/optronic director. The range of the laser beam-riding missiles is from 1.5 to 8km. The gun can fire up to 1,000 rounds/min in
the range 0.5 to 1.5km. Six AK630 AD 30mm air defence guns are also fitted.
The flight deck area is 14,700m² and aircraft take-off is assisted by a bow ski-jump angled at 12°. The flight deck is equipped with arrester wires.
Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck.
The ship has the capacity to support 16 Yakovlev Yak-41M (NATO code name Freestyle), twelve Sukhoi Su-27K (NATO codename Flanker) fixed-wing aircraft
and a range of helicopters including four Kamov Ka-27-LD (NATO codename Helix), 18 Kamov Ka-27 PLO, and two Ka-27-S.
On the other hand USA leans more towards more air superiorty. USA has much more air units on their carriers and they therefore dont need a very good
missile defence system because it has more aircrafts to protect its fleet.
The 50 TACAIR air wing includes the following fixed wing aircraft: 20 F-14D "Bomcats" (Tomcats with a strike role), 36 F/A-18 Hornets, 8 S-3A/B
Vikings, 4 E-2C Hawkeyes, and 4 EA-6B Prowlers; and the following helicopters: 4 SH-60F and 2 HH-60H Seahawks. Air wings can be varied according to
the nature of the operation: for example, in 1994, 50 army helicopters replaced the usual air wing on the USS Dwight D Eisenhower during operations
The flight deck measures 333 x 77m and is equipped with four lifts, four steam-driven catapults and four arrester wires. The carrier is capable of
launching one aircraft every 20s.
The more recently built carriers are armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk 29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Seasparrow surface-to-air missiles. Seasparrow
has a range of 14.5km and semi-active radar terminal guidance. The carriers are also being fitted with the Raytheon RAM (Rolling Airframe) missile
system, which provides short-range defence against incoming anti-ship missiles, including sea-skimming missiles.
By this what I want to say is I dont want any bashing on this thread. For example "Russian units suck" or "Russian carrier can take a USA
This thread is for people that want to be civilized and discuss and important topic.
U.K. is now proposing to built two new carriers.
The UK Future Aircraft Carrier, CVF, requirement is for two 55,000t to 60,000t carriers which will enter service in the years 2012 and 2015. They
will be the largest warships built in the UK. Each carrier will be capable of embarking an air group of 50 aircraft. The carriers will be twice the
size of the three Invincible Class carriers and accommodate twice as many aircraft. The crew will be about 600, only 15 more than the Invincible,
indicating the high level of automation being integrated into the ships' systems. It has been decided that Portsmouth will be the carriers' home
This carrier will have the all new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on it.
[Edited on 28-3-2004 by Russian]