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The heavy aircraft carrier (heavy aircraft carrying cruiser) “Admiral Kuznetsov” is the prototype of the future universal air vehicle, writes on the pages of the weekly “Star” the military expert of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland” Alex Leonov.
In his publication specialist discusses the requirements which must be met by the Russian aircraft carrier of the future. The expert notes that “the modern development of anti-ship weapons — ASM (anti-ship missiles — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) and torpedoes — in fact, gives up on classical projects of aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers” because modern naval air defense systems are not fully able to reflect a massive attack RCC.
For this reason the carrier of the future, concludes Lenkov should provide “the right balance between carry air wings (ammunition and fuel supply), air defense and fire support.” “No matter how abused criticism of our TAVKR “Admiral Kuznetsov” it is, in fact, was a prototype of such a versatile aircraft carrier of the ship”, — concluded the expert.
In his opinion, the future of the universal ship should occupy an intermediate position between the classic and the carrier classic helicopter. “The composition of the wing need to sign fighters (e.g. MiG-35), AWACS aircraft (airborne early detection — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), attack and transport helicopters (or convertiplane), reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), “—says the expert.
Lenkov previously stated that Russia is not at war with a potential enemy, superior in number of ships using traditional methods. Instead, he proposed to destroy enemy ships and submarines, modern anti-ship complexes on the distant approaches.
In September, the only Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov took the second place in the ranking of active carriers of the planet according to the version of American edition Business Insider. In February the American magazine The National Interest have included the “Admiral Kuznetsov” in the five of the worst carriers in the world’s history has ever launched.
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