KSRC Proposes a New Design for the Future Russian Semi-Catamaran Aircraft Carrier

ST. PETERSBURG, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Krylov State Research Centre (KSRC) in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, has come out with a new design for possibly the future Russian semi-catamaran aircraft carrier, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The Army-2018 forum in August 2018 saw for the first time the model of a future non-nuclear multirole aircraft carrier.

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A KSRC spokesperson said quoted by TASS on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, “The semi-catamaran design of the ship’s underwater part is the project’s key distinguishing feature.”

Usually catamarans have 2 parallel hulls and a superstructure platform, which connects them. The hull of the semi-catamaran in question will look like a dovetail, bifurcating toward the stern.

The main advantages of the new design of the project, which is not named yet, are the large flight deck (as wide as that of heavy aircraft carriers) and the decreased water displacement. The flight deck area is a very important factor for the number of aircraft, which may be carried by the ship as was explained by the KSRC spokesperson, who also added, “An average displacement ship is capable of carrying a full-scale air wing.”

The Krylov State Research Centre explained that the water displacement of the proposed aircraft carrier will be 44,000 tonnes and that the carrier will have the following dimensions: length – 304 m, deck width – 78 m, draught – 8.5 m. The full speed, which the carrier will be able to reach, is 28 knots, and the cruising range – 8,000 miles. The air wing of the ship will involve 46 aircraft: 12-14 Ka-27 helicopters, 12-14 Sukhoi-33 fighters, 12-14 MiG-29K/KUB fighters, and four early warning and command aircraft.

The Admiral Kuznetsov, which is the only medium class aircraft carrier of the Russian Federation, features larger displacement of 59,000 tonnes and may carry up to 52 helicopters and planes of the same air group.

The Krylov State Research Centre, established in 1894, is one of the major global ship research and design centres.

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Source: TASS