Russia To Equip Future Aircraft Carrier With S-500 Anti-aircraft Systems

Russia To Equip Future Aircraft Carrier With S-500 Anti-aircraft Systems

As we have reported earlier, Russian designers display future aircraft carrier design with navalised Su-57 & MiG-35 fighter jets.

Now according to the latest news, Russian Shtorm aircraft carrier to potentially be fitted with S-500 anti-aircraft systems.

The S-500 Prometey also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M”, is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system under development by the Almaz-Antey Air Defence Concern. Initially planned to be in production by 2014, it is currently targeting 2021 for the first delivery.

The Prometheus S-500 is expected to have an extended range of up to 600 km (an improvement of 200km over the S-400) and simultaneously engage up to 10 targets. The radar range is also more than that of the S-400 and the system will have the potential to destroy hypersonic and ballistic targets with interceptors operating at an altitude higher than 185km.

The S-500 is not just a conventional air and missile defence system, but a weapon that is capable of destroying of low-orbit satellites and space-launched weapons from hypersonic aircraft, shock hypersonic UAVs and orbital platforms.

Project 23000E or Shtorm is a proposal for a supercarrier designed by the Krylov State Research Center for the Russian Navy. The cost of the export version has been put at over US$5.5 billion, with development expected to take ten years.

The Project 23000E Shtorm is around 50% larger than Admiral Kuznetsov at 90,000 tons. It is 1,128 feet long, which is almost the same as the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz Class. On the other hand, it has a distinctive twin-island layout similar to the British Queen Elizabeth Class.

The Project 23000E Shtorm would embark seventy to ninety aircraft, including fighters, attack jets, airborne early warning, electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft. It would also embark at least a dozen antisubmarine warfare and utility helicopters. The hypothetical carrier design would have close-in weapons systems, antisubmarine weapons, missile and torpedo decoys.

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