Admiral Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier

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  • 43,000-tons (Standard-load)
  • 55,200-tons (Full-load)[2]
  • 58,600-tons (Max-load)

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  • Fixed Wing;
  • Rotary Wing;
    • 4 × Kamov Ka-27LD32 helicopters
    • 18 × Kamov Ka-27PLO helicopters
    • 2 × Kamov Ka-27S helicopters

The Kuznetsov class aircraft carriers (also known as Project 1143.5, the Brezhnev class, or the Kreml class[3]) has only one functional unit, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov. The only other ship in her class, Varyag, was never commissioned and was sold to China.

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Role

While designated an aircraft carrier by the West, the design of the Kuznetsov class implies a mission different from that of either the United States Navy’s carriers or those of the French Navy. The term used by her builders to describe the Russian ships is tyazholiy avianesushchiy kreyser (TAKR or TAVKR) - “heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser” - intended to support and defend strategic missile-carrying submarines, surface ships, and maritime missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian fleet.

In its fleet defense role the Kuznetsov's P-700 Granit (SS-N-19 NATO reporting name: Shipwreck) anti-ship cruise missiles, 3K95 Kinzhal (Gauntlet) Surface-to-Air missiles, and Su-33 (Flanker-D) aircraft are its main weapons. The fixed-wing aircraft on Admiral Kuznetsov are intended for air superiority operations to protect a deployed task force. The carrier also carries numerous helicopters for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and search and rescue (SAR) operations.

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