RUS­SIA’S 23000E SHTORM NU­CLE­AR­POW­ERED SU­PER-CAR­RIER PROJECT

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the rus­sian navy is cur­rently con­duct­ing early re­search on en­gine de­signs for its Project 23000e Shtorm which is a new nu­clear-pow­ered su­per-car­rier and one of rus­sia’s most am­bi­tious mil­i­tary pro­grammes. the prin­ci­pal de­sign work for the new car­rier is be­ing un­der­taken by the St. Peters­burg-based nevskoye Plan­ning and de­sign bureau, rus­sia’s pri­mary de­signer of large sur­face war­ships. Project Shtorm was shrouded in mys­tery for sev­eral years un­til an ini­tial con­cept was un­veiled by the Krylovsky State re­search Cen­ter (KrSC) back in 2015. the new su­per-car­rier would dis­place close to 1,00,000 tonnes, 330 m long, 40 m wide and could launch 80-90 air­craft with an eMALS sys­tem. Con­sid­er­ing the es­ti­mated pro­gram cost of $9 bil­lion, it seems quite un­likely that eco­nom­i­cally weak­ened rus­sia will move be­yond the de­sign stage.

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