Russia’s New Technology For War Will Blow Your Mind: From modern-age fighter jets to high-tech surface-to-air missiles and super-efficient soldiers – there’s never been a shortage of land and air-based military equipment in Russia. However, the story is entirely different when it comes to the maritime terrain.
It’s almost as if the Russian Navy is an anti- aquatic force. All that is about to change, though, because Russia is all but set to build a nuclear warship that will significantly boost its military capacity and operations on the sea.
Join us as we go on a cruise to find out all there’s to know about Russia’s nuclear-powered supercarrier named project 23000E Shtorm. Also, we’ll be revealing when this carrier will be launched and the amazing features that will come with it. Without further delay, let’s get started.
The United States is undoubtedly the world’s military emperor, but Russia has made it obvious over the years that it wants kingship rights too. Currently, the United States and France are the only countries with nuclear-powered supercarriers.
The US Navy has a couple of these warships, actually. But we’ll focus on the USS Gerald R. Ford because it’s the lead ship of its class. France, on the other hand, has only Charles de Gaulle as its sole representative.
Russia, we hear, is desperate to break this dynasty, but the Eastern European country is up against some very stiff competition. When fully equipped, the 858 feet long Charles de Gaulle displaces 45,000 tons.
It has the capacity to carry up to 40 military aircraft, including the Rafale-M multi-role fighters and E-2 Hawkeye airborne jets. Since its first sail in 2001, De Gaulle has participated in warfare operations against the Taliban, the Islamic State, and Al-Qaeda at different times.
However, reports say that she will be eased out of service sometime in the 2030s and replaced with the 75,000-ton Porte-Avions Nouvelle Génération. Adieu in advance, Charles de Gaulle, you sure will not be missed by Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Islamic State.
Meanwhile, the USS Gerald R. Ford isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It was only commissioned in 2017. According to CNET.com, it remains the “most technologically advanced warship ever built.” And we cannot argue because this nuclear-powered supercarrier is one hell of a ship.
To start with, it costs $13 billion to bring the USS Gerald R. Ford to life (including the cost of research and development). It is big enough to accommodate 75 aircraft and 4,550 sailors. When fully loaded, the USS Gerald R. Ford weighs 100,000 tons, stretching across 1,106 feet.
About the size of three football fields. “American hands and American steel constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world: American might is second to none,” ex-President Donald Trump said during the commissioning event in 2017.
This nuclear-powered vessel has the best Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS) ever installed in a carrier. According to Business Insider, the EMALS “can accelerate a 100,000-pound object to a speed of 125 miles per hour in less than 300 feet.”
And power is supplied by two nuclear reactors and four shafts. During explosive shock trials in 2021, the USS Gerald R. Ford was hit with multiple 40,000-ton bombs. It, however, remained in one piece and suffered no significant damage.
“We did have some things break, but we will fix them,” the Ship’s commanding officer Paul Lanzilotta, said. “From a severity standpoint, I’d like to say we had zero catastrophic failures on the ship, zero situations where we had flooding, zero fires. All that is pretty significant.”
With all due respect to the Russians and their technological prowess, it’s hard to see how they’ll match this. The Admiral Kuznetsov is Russia’s sole carrier, and it’s not even powered by nuclear reactors. This aged ship is regarded as one the worst carriers of all time, having spent most of its lifetime on the treatment table.
It barely sails for operation, and even when it sails, it’s escorted by tugboats just in case it breaks down during the journey. And more often than not, it does. Since entering service in 1991, the 60,000-ton Kuznetsov has only set sail six times.
It has a long history of well-documented system failures. At one time, it was deployed off Syria for a military operation, and within the first three weeks, two of the fighter jets aboard the flatbed crashed due to problems with the arresting wires.
American carriers typically change arresting cables after about 100 successful landings; we don’t know how often the Russians change theirs. During another mission off the Turkish coast, the smokey carrier developed an electrical problem that triggered a fire outbreak, killing one sailor.
In 2018, the Admiral Kuznetsov was almost put out of her misery. The dry dock on which it was being repaired sank, causing a large crane to hit the deck. It seemed like that was the end for this aged carrier. However, like the notorious old warhorse, the Kuznetsov put up a fight and managed to stay afloat.
There’s no doubt that Russia needs a new carrier, a nuclear-powered one for that matter. But there are serious doubts about their ability to take on such a massive project. The Russian Defence Ministry is reportedly short on cash and the technical expertise to deliver a nuclear-powered vessel like the USS Gerald R. Ford.
Nonetheless, they are willing to give it a try, and we are more eager than ever to see the result of their attempt. “Yes, the Navy will build an aircraft carrier, for sure,” the deputy commander-in-chief of Russia’s navy, Vice Adm. Viktor Bursuk, confirmed.
According to multiple news sources, the Krylovsky State Research Center (KRSC), a Russian shipbuilding research and development institute, is in talks with the Russian Ministry of Defense about the all-new supercarrier dubbed project 23000E Shtorm (meaning Storm).
Tass News Agency says the warship “will have a nuclear energy unit and displacement of about 70,000 tonnes.” However, other sources say the ship could displace even more tons.
Citing the specifications provided by KRSC, Another news platform, Task