MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian aircraft carrier of the 23000 Shtorm project, which is planned to be adopted by the Russian Navy in the next decade, will receive the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Read more: Russia Unveiled the Newest Project 11430E ‘Lamantin’ Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
According Russian sources, the S-500 Prometheus is capable of hitting all existing types of aerodynamic and ballistic targets, detecting the latter at distances up to 800 kilometers.
This will make the Russian aircraft carrier truly invincible, since any attack on it will be suppressed for hundreds of kilometers.
“It was previously reported that the laying of the 1st aircraft carrier of project 23000 Shtorm could be carried out by 2025, and that the basis for its aircraft wing would be deck versions of the Su-35 and Su-57 fighters [Su-35K and Su- 57K]” the article author said.
The author also said that “so far, such sources of fighter generation 4 ++ and 5 official sources have not presented even in the form of mock options. Tests of the “regular” [non-deck] version of the Su-57 are ongoing. There was also information that the Shtorm aircraft carrier will be equipped with the latest S-500K S-500K (SAM) Prometheus system – a ship-based version”.
Having received the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and the Prometey S-500 system in its arsenal, the Russian aircraft carrier of the 23000 Shtorm project will simply become an invincible fortress – in fact, he will not be afraid of even hypersonic weapons, since the capabilities of the Russian Prometheus for this are more than enough.
Russia is also developing a second aircraft carrier, most likely a nuclear one
According Russian news agency TASS, the Nevskoye Design Bureau [part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation] unveiled the newest Project 11430E ‘Lamantin’ nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Read more: Russian hypersonic weapons will become the ‘killer’ of US aircraft carriers
Its mockup was shown on the design bureau’s display stand at the St. Petersburg international maritime defense show.
“The ‘Lamantin’ aircraft carrier is designated to provide for the deployment and the combat use of an air task force that comprises various types of shipborne aircraft capable of employing weapons and armament against air, sea (submarine and surface) forces, and also land troops and ground installations of an enemy in the oceanic, maritime and coastal waters,” the project’s description says.
“The aircraft carrier also should ensure naval groups’ combat sustainability and provide cover for amphibious assault troops and their landing force against strikes and attacks by enemy air-launched weapons,” the project’s description also says.
According to the materials presented on the Nevskoye Design Bureau’s display stand, the aircraft carrier that will get a nuclear-powered propulsion unit will displace 80,000-90,000 tonnes, feature a maximum length of 350 meters, have sea endurance of about 120 days and will be capable of developing a speed of about 30 knots.
The aircraft carrier will have a crew of 2,800 and its air task force will comprise 800 personnel. The carrier will have a service life of over 50 years.
At the same time, Russia is developing hypersonic missiles against foreign aircraft carriers
As we reported on March 30, the launch of the project 22350 frigate of the Admiral Gorshkov type was the first successful launch of the 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile. The missile hit the ground target located at the military range of the Northern Urals, the flight range was more than 500 kilometers.
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This is the third hypersonic complex after the Dagger aviation hypersonic complex and the Avangard ground hypersonic complex and the first sea-based hypersonic complex in Russia. Although the test target was on land, foreign media believe that the target of this missile will be an aircraft carrier strike group.
Russia attaches great importance to the development of hypersonic weapons and currently has three types of hypersonic missiles. Hypersonic missiles “Avangard”, which are in service with the Strategic Missile Forces, carry out strategic strike missions.
The “Dagger” hypersonic missile system, used by aerospace forces, is installed on the MiG-31M “Fox Hound” interceptors and performs operational and tactical missions.
Various surface ships and submarines of the navy can act as carriers of the 3M22 Zircon missile, it is mainly designed to destroy surface and ground targets at a remote distance.
According to foreign media, the Zircon missile is inherently a hypersonic anti-ship missile, in terms of the way it conducts operations, it adopts the tactics of supersonic breakthrough of an air defense system and delivering strikes against an area with continuous destruction at a remote distance, which was used by the navy in Soviet times.
During the Cold War, faced with an aggressive U.S. aircraft carrier group, the Soviet navy, thanks to space, air and sea-based reconnaissance systems, created a complex that allows attacking aircraft carriers using supersonic anti-ship missiles, based on surface, underwater and air launch platforms.
In this complex, supersonic anti-ship missiles launched from various platforms can create waves of attacks.
Before the Aegis missile defense system appeared, the Russian complex made it possible to detect, recognize and intercept the air targets of American ships, gradually balancing the balance of anti-ship systems.
Read more: Are Russian missiles capable to strike an American aircraft carrier?
On August 12, 2000, an accident occurred on the Kursk Russian nuclear submarine. On its board was found anti-ship missile “Granite”. It was found that the main weapon of the Soviet anti-aircraft complex was an anti-ship missile with a ramjet engine, the flight range was 550 kilometers, and the final speed was 2.5 Mach.
The Zircon rocket speed has been increased to Mach 9, and the flight range reaches thousands of kilometers. The missile can be launched at a safer distance, reducing the reaction time of the enemy ship’s anti-aircraft missile system.
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