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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 7:57 p.m. PST

"In the late 1960s, the Soviet shipbuilding industry began to develop its first nuclear-powered aircraft cruiser. Project 1160 Orel ("Eagle") was a nuclear-powered supercarrier with a displacement of around 80,000 tons. Orel would have featured steam catapults, carrying as many as seventy aircraft.

In line with the Soviet concept of a "heavy aviation cruiser," the proposed supercarrier would have differed from its western counterparts with a robust onboard arsenal of sixteen P-700 Granit anti-ship cruise missiles. By the early 1970s, the project was abandoned due to cost concerns and succeeded by the smaller and much less ambitious Kiev class of conventionally powered carriers…"


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And there is a Russian Navy plan to build a 100,000 ton super carrier ….

"Navy Mystery: Why Doesn't Russia Go Aircraft Carrier Crazy?"



Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2021 3:49 a.m. PST

From The National Interest website

Old Wolfman13 Jan 2021 10:23 a.m. PST

Ulyanovsk class.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 8:29 p.m. PST

They still do, though I can't see how they'll ever be able to afford to build even one.

Barin114 Jan 2021 1:09 a.m. PST

If there is a political will, it can be built. However i doubt it there're plans to build helo carriers, with larger displacement than Mistral, and of course it will always be a concept fight between supporters of carriers and nuclear subs. As subs are cheaper to build and maintain, they'll be getting priority financing.
Happened first time in Khrushev's era….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2021 11:29 a.m. PST

Thanks Barin!.


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