Russian catamaran aircraft carrier would have good air power for size

Russia showed off a ship model and design for a small catamaran aircraft carrier. It would have less than half the weight than a US super-carrier but would have almost half the planes and close to the same flight deck.

The standard displacement is 37000 tons and full displacement is 44000 tons. The length is 304 meters (260 by construction waterline), the width is 78 meters and the draft is 8.5 meters. Full speed is 28 knots. Cruising range at 16 knots is 8000 miles, expandable endurance is 60 days. Aircraft engagement seaworthiness is force seven. The main power plant is a two-shaft gas turbine with a partial electric propulsion and a capacity of 81000 KW or 110000 HP. The electric system comprises three generators with a total capacity of 32MW (6.3 KV/50Hz).

A catamaran is a multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size. It is a geometry-stabilized craft, deriving its stability from its wide beam, rather than from a ballasted keel as with a monohull sailboat.

The Russian navy catamaran would have 46 flying craft, including 12-14 Su-33, 12-14 MiG-39K/KUB, four airborne early warning aircraft, 12-14 Ka-27 helicopters. This would be about half as many planes as a US super-carrier.

It would be longer than a US small aircraft carrier – amphibious assault ship. The length and width of the flattop would be nearly to the size of a US Nimitz aircraft carrier. However, the displacement would be close to the small marine landing aircraft carrier.

The US Navy built the Spearhead Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program is a cooperative effort for a high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intratheater transport of medium-sized cargo payloads. The EPF will reach speeds of 35–45 knots (65–83 km/h; 40–52 mph) and will allow for the rapid transit and deployment of conventional or special forces as well as equipment and supplies.

The Spearhead is 103 meters long and 23 meters wide.

111 thoughts on “Russian catamaran aircraft carrier would have good air power for size”

  1. The Russians can’t even scrape up enough rubles to hire a decent PowerPoint artist to spin their bogus vaporware with. To think that we use to actually FEAR these people….

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  2. The Russians can’t even scrape up enough rubles to hire a decent PowerPoint artist to spin their bogus vaporware with.To think that we use to actually FEAR these people….

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  3. The US has itself been having trouble with the EMALS on the USS Gerald R Ford. Catapults are notoriously troublesome – look at the downtime for the steam catapults on the various US aircraft carriers.

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  4. Uh, that’s definitely not a catamaran carrier, since it appears to have a single bow but two stern shapes associated with the rudder/propeller block, and doesn’t seem to be a trimaran where the center hull ends early. There’s some weirdness with the stern to be sure (lotta overhang, not a straight stern or with a platypus tail). Some kind of hybrid hull shape perhaps, a more extreme tunnel stern?

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  5. The US has itself been having trouble with the EMALS on the USS Gerald R Ford. Catapults are notoriously troublesome – look at the downtime for the steam catapults on the various US aircraft carriers.

    Reply
  6. Uh that’s definitely not a catamaran carrier since it appears to have a single bow but two stern shapes associated with the rudder/propeller block and doesn’t seem to be a trimaran where the center hull ends early. There’s some weirdness with the stern to be sure (lotta overhang not a straight stern or with a platypus tail). Some kind of hybrid hull shape perhaps a more extreme tunnel stern?

    Reply
  7. In the end, why should the US worry, Chinese and Russian military tactics are akin to those of Zapp Brannigan. “I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their (kill) limit and shut down. Kif, show them the medal I won.” “When I am in command, son, every mission is a suicide mission.

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  8. In the end why should the US worry Chinese and Russian military tactics are akin to those of Zapp Brannigan. I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their (kill) limit and shut down. Kif”” show them the medal I won.”” “”””When I am in command”” son”” every mission is a suicide mission.”””””””

    Reply
  9. Just did a quick google and Australia has about 1/5th the population of Russia. That is a significant difference in living standards. Yeah, skip it for now. Ha!

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  10. Just did a quick google and Australia has about 1/5th the population of Russia.That is a significant difference in living standards. Yeah skip it for now. Ha!

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  11. I have no doubt that EMALS will work correctly in the end. The larger issue is the underlying design that requires the entire system to be offlined to service or repair any part of it.

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  12. Look, I am Australian. Our Gross Domestic Product is about 2.5 trillion. I understand that Russia is about 2.7 trillion – despite having a lot more people and straddling the largest land mass of any nation. Could Australia be a global power like Russia? Could we huge standing army, advance airforce, nuclear parity with the USA, space faring, occupation of neighboring countries etc..? Yes, if every Australian suffered a dramatic decline in living standards. And that is the problem with Russia – it doesn’t have a military industrial complex, it IS a military industrial complex.

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  13. I have no doubt that EMALS will work correctly in the end. The larger issue is the underlying design that requires the entire system to be offlined to service or repair any part of it.

    Reply
  14. Look I am Australian. Our Gross Domestic Product is about 2.5 trillion. I understand that Russia is about 2.7 trillion – despite having a lot more people and straddling the largest land mass of any nation.Could Australia be a global power like Russia? Could we huge standing army advance airforce nuclear parity with the USA space faring occupation of neighboring countries etc..?Yes if every Australian suffered a dramatic decline in living standards. And that is the problem with Russia – it doesn’t have a military industrial complex it IS a military industrial complex.

    Reply
  15. Hitler invaded Poland from the west, Stalin from the east in 1939. They were allies under the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact until Hitler attacked the USSR.

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  16. Hitler invaded Poland from the west Stalin from the east in 1939. They were allies under the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact until Hitler attacked the USSR.

    Reply
  17. Well you can have a ski ramp and a catapult side by side you know. You can even have an EMALS leading into a ski ramp. Ski ramp launches do have their merits (in theory only need a tailhook, no launch bar or bridle attach points to launch so fairly backwards compatible), but with no external boost they are very fuel thirsty launches and puts some pressure on steaming speed to assist with forward velocity. It you have a catapult before a ski ramp, you can get over the velocity hole. Doing this with a steam catapult is annoying due to the curve, but EMALS is amenable to a curved track. Though carrier ops prefer a flat forward area as additional parking/positioning space, and nobody has ever seriously proposed a variable/collapsible ramp as an alternative.

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  18. Well you can have a ski ramp and a catapult side by side you know.You can even have an EMALS leading into a ski ramp. Ski ramp launches do have their merits (in theory only need a tailhook no launch bar or bridle attach points to launch so fairly backwards compatible) but with no external boost they are very fuel thirsty launches and puts some pressure on steaming speed to assist with forward velocity. It you have a catapult before a ski ramp you can get over the velocity hole. Doing this with a steam catapult is annoying due to the curve but EMALS is amenable to a curved track. Though carrier ops prefer a flat forward area as additional parking/positioning space and nobody has ever seriously proposed a variable/collapsible ramp as an alternative.

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  19. Hence the line “Our land is girt by sea” in the national anthem. Which is SO MUCH BETTER than “Our land shares a border with Iran, China, Mongolia and North Korea” which only leaves out Germany and France for the full rogue’s gallery.

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  20. Note that Australia has 2 ski ramp aircraft carriers as well. Full sized ones, not models. HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. Doesn’t have any carrier fighter jets to fly off the carriers, but the carriers are fine and operational.

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  21. Russia likes to count how many nations have “invaded” it (sometime disingenuously) but most European countries are in the same category. And we are not counting how many countries Russia (or the USSR) have invaded. I have no doubt that without the USA the Soviets would have occupied Europe by 1946 – and remember, Hitler didn’t start WWII, it was Hitler and Stalin.

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  22. Hence the line Our land is girt by sea”” in the national anthem. Which is SO MUCH BETTER than “”””Our land shares a border with Iran”” China”” Mongolia and North Korea”””” which only leaves out Germany and France for the full rogue’s gallery.”””

    Reply
  23. Note that Australia has 2 ski ramp aircraft carriers as well. Full sized ones not models.HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.Doesn’t have any carrier fighter jets to fly off the carriers but the carriers are fine and operational.

    Reply
  24. Russia likes to count how many nations have invaded”” it (sometime disingenuously)but most European countries are in the same category. And we are not counting howmany countries Russia (or the USSR) have invaded. I have no doubt that without the USA the Soviets would have occupied Europe by 1946 – and remember”” Hitler didn’tstart WWII”” it was Hitler and Stalin.”””

    Reply
  25. Russia likes to count how many nations have “invaded” it (sometime disingenuously) but most European countries are in the same category. And we are not counting how many countries Russia (or the USSR) have invaded. I have no doubt that without the USA the Soviets would have occupied Europe by 1946 – and remember, Hitler didn’t start WWII, it was Hitler and Stalin.

    Reply
  26. Russia likes to count how many nations have invaded”” it (sometime disingenuously)but most European countries are in the same category. And we are not counting howmany countries Russia (or the USSR) have invaded. I have no doubt that without the USA the Soviets would have occupied Europe by 1946 – and remember”” Hitler didn’tstart WWII”” it was Hitler and Stalin.”””

    Reply
  27. Hence the line “Our land is girt by sea” in the national anthem. Which is SO MUCH BETTER than “Our land shares a border with Iran, China, Mongolia and North Korea” which only leaves out Germany and France for the full rogue’s gallery.

    Reply
  28. Hence the line Our land is girt by sea”” in the national anthem. Which is SO MUCH BETTER than “”””Our land shares a border with Iran”” China”” Mongolia and North Korea”””” which only leaves out Germany and France for the full rogue’s gallery.”””

    Reply
  29. Note that Australia has 2 ski ramp aircraft carriers as well. Full sized ones, not models. HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide. Doesn’t have any carrier fighter jets to fly off the carriers, but the carriers are fine and operational.

    Reply
  30. Note that Australia has 2 ski ramp aircraft carriers as well. Full sized ones not models.HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.Doesn’t have any carrier fighter jets to fly off the carriers but the carriers are fine and operational.

    Reply
  31. Well you can have a ski ramp and a catapult side by side you know. You can even have an EMALS leading into a ski ramp. Ski ramp launches do have their merits (in theory only need a tailhook, no launch bar or bridle attach points to launch so fairly backwards compatible), but with no external boost they are very fuel thirsty launches and puts some pressure on steaming speed to assist with forward velocity. It you have a catapult before a ski ramp, you can get over the velocity hole. Doing this with a steam catapult is annoying due to the curve, but EMALS is amenable to a curved track. Though carrier ops prefer a flat forward area as additional parking/positioning space, and nobody has ever seriously proposed a variable/collapsible ramp as an alternative.

    Reply
  32. Well you can have a ski ramp and a catapult side by side you know.You can even have an EMALS leading into a ski ramp. Ski ramp launches do have their merits (in theory only need a tailhook no launch bar or bridle attach points to launch so fairly backwards compatible) but with no external boost they are very fuel thirsty launches and puts some pressure on steaming speed to assist with forward velocity. It you have a catapult before a ski ramp you can get over the velocity hole. Doing this with a steam catapult is annoying due to the curve but EMALS is amenable to a curved track. Though carrier ops prefer a flat forward area as additional parking/positioning space and nobody has ever seriously proposed a variable/collapsible ramp as an alternative.

    Reply
  33. Hitler invaded Poland from the west, Stalin from the east in 1939. They were allies under the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact until Hitler attacked the USSR.

    Reply
  34. Hitler invaded Poland from the west Stalin from the east in 1939. They were allies under the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact until Hitler attacked the USSR.

    Reply
  35. Look, I am Australian. Our Gross Domestic Product is about 2.5 trillion. I understand that Russia is about 2.7 trillion – despite having a lot more people and straddling the largest land mass of any nation. Could Australia be a global power like Russia? Could we huge standing army, advance airforce, nuclear parity with the USA, space faring, occupation of neighboring countries etc..? Yes, if every Australian suffered a dramatic decline in living standards. And that is the problem with Russia – it doesn’t have a military industrial complex, it IS a military industrial complex.

    Reply
  36. Look I am Australian. Our Gross Domestic Product is about 2.5 trillion. I understand that Russia is about 2.7 trillion – despite having a lot more people and straddling the largest land mass of any nation.Could Australia be a global power like Russia? Could we huge standing army advance airforce nuclear parity with the USA space faring occupation of neighboring countries etc..?Yes if every Australian suffered a dramatic decline in living standards. And that is the problem with Russia – it doesn’t have a military industrial complex it IS a military industrial complex.

    Reply
  37. I have no doubt that EMALS will work correctly in the end. The larger issue is the underlying design that requires the entire system to be offlined to service or repair any part of it.

    Reply
  38. I have no doubt that EMALS will work correctly in the end. The larger issue is the underlying design that requires the entire system to be offlined to service or repair any part of it.

    Reply
  39. Russia likes to count how many nations have “invaded” it (sometime disingenuously)
    but most European countries are in the same category. And we are not counting how
    many countries Russia (or the USSR) have invaded. I have no doubt that without the
    USA the Soviets would have occupied Europe by 1946 – and remember, Hitler didn’t
    start WWII, it was Hitler and Stalin.

    Reply
  40. Hence the line “Our land is girt by sea” in the national anthem.

    Which is SO MUCH BETTER than “Our land shares a border with Iran, China, Mongolia and North Korea” which only leaves out Germany and France for the full rogue’s gallery.

    Reply
  41. Note that Australia has 2 ski ramp aircraft carriers as well. Full sized ones, not models.

    HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.

    Doesn’t have any carrier fighter jets to fly off the carriers, but the carriers are fine and operational.

    Reply
  42. Just did a quick google and Australia has about 1/5th the population of Russia. That is a significant difference in living standards. Yeah, skip it for now. Ha!

    Reply
  43. Just did a quick google and Australia has about 1/5th the population of Russia.That is a significant difference in living standards. Yeah skip it for now. Ha!

    Reply
  44. Well you can have a ski ramp and a catapult side by side you know.

    You can even have an EMALS leading into a ski ramp. Ski ramp launches do have their merits (in theory only need a tailhook, no launch bar or bridle attach points to launch so fairly backwards compatible), but with no external boost they are very fuel thirsty launches and puts some pressure on steaming speed to assist with forward velocity. It you have a catapult before a ski ramp, you can get over the velocity hole. Doing this with a steam catapult is annoying due to the curve, but EMALS is amenable to a curved track. Though carrier ops prefer a flat forward area as additional parking/positioning space, and nobody has ever seriously proposed a variable/collapsible ramp as an alternative.

    Reply
  45. Hitler invaded Poland from the west, Stalin from the east in 1939. They were allies under the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact until Hitler attacked the USSR.

    Reply
  46. In the end, why should the US worry, Chinese and Russian military tactics are akin to those of Zapp Brannigan. “I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their (kill) limit and shut down. Kif, show them the medal I won.” “When I am in command, son, every mission is a suicide mission.

    Reply
  47. In the end why should the US worry Chinese and Russian military tactics are akin to those of Zapp Brannigan. I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their (kill) limit and shut down. Kif”” show them the medal I won.”” “”””When I am in command”” son”” every mission is a suicide mission.”””””””

    Reply
  48. Look, I am Australian. Our Gross Domestic Product is about 2.5 trillion. I understand that Russia is about 2.7 trillion – despite having a lot more people and straddling the largest land mass of any nation.
    Could Australia be a global power like Russia? Could we huge standing army, advance airforce, nuclear parity with the USA, space faring, occupation of neighboring countries etc..?
    Yes, if every Australian suffered a dramatic decline in living standards.
    And that is the problem with Russia – it doesn’t have a military industrial complex, it IS a military industrial complex.

    Reply
  49. I have no doubt that EMALS will work correctly in the end. The larger issue is the underlying design that requires the entire system to be offlined to service or repair any part of it.

    Reply
  50. The US has itself been having trouble with the EMALS on the USS Gerald R Ford. Catapults are notoriously troublesome – look at the downtime for the steam catapults on the various US aircraft carriers.

    Reply
  51. The US has itself been having trouble with the EMALS on the USS Gerald R Ford. Catapults are notoriously troublesome – look at the downtime for the steam catapults on the various US aircraft carriers.

    Reply
  52. Uh, that’s definitely not a catamaran carrier, since it appears to have a single bow but two stern shapes associated with the rudder/propeller block, and doesn’t seem to be a trimaran where the center hull ends early. There’s some weirdness with the stern to be sure (lotta overhang, not a straight stern or with a platypus tail). Some kind of hybrid hull shape perhaps, a more extreme tunnel stern?

    Reply
  53. Uh that’s definitely not a catamaran carrier since it appears to have a single bow but two stern shapes associated with the rudder/propeller block and doesn’t seem to be a trimaran where the center hull ends early. There’s some weirdness with the stern to be sure (lotta overhang not a straight stern or with a platypus tail). Some kind of hybrid hull shape perhaps a more extreme tunnel stern?

    Reply
  54. The Russians can’t even scrape up enough rubles to hire a decent PowerPoint artist to spin their bogus vaporware with. To think that we use to actually FEAR these people….

    Reply
  55. The Russians can’t even scrape up enough rubles to hire a decent PowerPoint artist to spin their bogus vaporware with.To think that we use to actually FEAR these people….

    Reply
  56. In the end, why should the US worry, Chinese and Russian military tactics are akin to those of Zapp Brannigan.
    “I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their (kill) limit and shut down. Kif, show them the medal I won.”

    “When I am in command, son, every mission is a suicide mission.”

    Reply
  57. The US has itself been having trouble with the EMALS on the USS Gerald R Ford. Catapults are notoriously troublesome – look at the downtime for the steam catapults on the various US aircraft carriers.

    Reply
  58. Uh, that’s definitely not a catamaran carrier, since it appears to have a single bow but two stern shapes associated with the rudder/propeller block, and doesn’t seem to be a trimaran where the center hull ends early. There’s some weirdness with the stern to be sure (lotta overhang, not a straight stern or with a platypus tail). Some kind of hybrid hull shape perhaps, a more extreme tunnel stern?

    Reply

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