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RFK Ulyanovsk (114)

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The RFK Ulyanovsk (114) is the only nuclear powered supercarrier in the Russian Navy. The initial commissioned name was to be Kremlin, but was later given the name Ulyanovsk after the Soviet town of Ulyanovsk, which was originally named Simbirsk but later renamed after Vladimir Lenin's original name because he was born there. The Ulyanovsk was 85,000 tons in displacement and carried 76 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

The Ulyanovsk was laid down on November 25, 1988 at the Nikolayev Shipyard 444. In 1991, the Soviet government was forced to choose between completing the Riga (Varyag) or the Ulyanovsk. The decision was made to continue the Ulyanovsk citing that it provided greater capabilities and furthered their understanding of carrier operations. Construction continued and the Ulyanovsk was launched April 1995. The Ulyanovsk was be commissioned on August 26, 1997 after sixteen months of sea trials.

The Soviet government in Canadian Power created special economic zones in Minsk, Moscow, Stalingrad, and Vladivostok in August 1983 as a method of strengthening and expanding the Soviet economy. This allowed the Soviet and later Russian government to complete and commission the Ulyanovsk.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Nuclear powered supercarrier
  • Service Period: 1997-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 1,055 feet (321.56 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 131.2 feet (39.99 meters)
    • Beam (Overall): 275.3 feet (83.91 meters)
    • Draught: 34.8 feet (10.61 meters)
    • Displacement: 65,800 tons (Standard); 85,000 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 3,460
  • Endurance: 70 days
  • Power: 288,000 shp
  • Propulsion: 4 x KN-3 Nuclear Reactors, 4 x Steam turbines, 4 x shafts
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • D/E-Band Target Acquisition Radar
    • F-Band Surface Search Radar
    • G/H-Band Flight Control Radar
    • I-Band Navigation Radar
    • K-Band Fire Control Radar x 4
    • MG-332 Tigan-2T/Bull Nose hull mounted LF Sonar
    • Platina/Horse Tail MF VDS Sonar
  • Armament
    • 12 x P-700 Granit SSMs
    • Buk SAMs
    • 8 x CADS-N-1 CIWS
    • 8 x AK-630 rotary anti-aircraft cannons
  • Aviation Facilities: 2 x steam catapults, Angled arrested landing flight deck, Bow ski jump
  • Aircraft Carried:
    • 22 x MiG-29K
    • 22 x Su-33
    • 6 x Yak-44 AEW
    • 16 x Ka-27 ASW Helicopters
    • 6 x Ka-27SP SAR Helicopters
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