Kiev-class aircraft carrier
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The Kiev-class aircraft carriers, Soviet designation Project 1143 Krechyet (gyrfalcon), was the first class of fixed-wing aircraft carriers (heavy aircraft cruiser in Soviet classification) built in the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy.
Novorossiysk in 1986
|Builders:||Chernomorsky Shipyard 444|
|Preceded by:||Moskva class|
|Type:||Aircraft cruiser/Aircraft carrier|
|Displacement:||42,000–45,000 tonnes full load|
|Length:||273 m (896 ft)|
|Draught:||10 m (33 ft)|
|Propulsion:||8 turbopressurized boilers, 4 steam turbines (200,000 shp (150,000 kW)), four shafts|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Complement:||1,200 to 1,600|
|Aviation facilities:||Abbreviated angled aft flight deck|
First laid down in 1970, the Kiev class was partially based on a design for a full-deck carrier proposed in Project Orel. Originally the Soviet Navy wanted a supercarrier similar to the American Kitty Hawk-class. However, the smaller Kiev-class design was chosen because it was considered to be more cost effective.
Unlike most NATO aircraft carriers, such as U.S. or British ones, the Kiev class is a combination of both a cruiser and an aircraft carrier. In the Soviet Navy, this class of ships was specifically designated as a "heavy aviation cruiser" (Russian: Тяжелые авианесущие крейсера) rather than solely an aircraft carrier. This designation allowed the ships to transit the Turkish Straits, while the Montreux Convention prohibited aircraft carriers heavier than 15,000 tons from passing through the Straits.
The ships were designed with a large island superstructure to starboard, with an angled flight deck 2/3rds of the length of the total deck, and the foredeck was taken up with heavy surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile armament. The intended mission of the Kiev class was support for strategic missile submarines, other surface ships and naval aviation; it was capable of engaging in anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and surface warfare.
A total of four Kiev-class carriers were built and commissioned, serving in the Soviet and then Russian Navy. The first two ships were sold to China as museums, and the third ship was scrapped. The fourth ship, Admiral Gorshkov, was sold to the Indian Navy in 2004, and after years of extensive modifications and refurbishment, is currently in active service as INS Vikramaditya.
- Designer: Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau
- Builder: Nikolayev South (formerly Chernomorsky Shipyard 444)
- Power plant: 8 turbopressurized boilers, 4 steam turbines (200,000 shp), four shafts
- Length: 273 metres (896 ft) overall (283 metres (928 ft) for Baku subgroup)
- Flight Deck Width: 53 metres (174 ft)
- Beam: 32.6 metres (107 ft)
- Displacement: 43,000–45,500 metric tons full load
- Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
- Aircraft: 26–30
- Crew: 1,200–1,600 (including air wing)
- Kiev and Minsk:
- Date deployed: 1975 (Kiev)
|Name||Project No.||Namesake||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Fate|
|Kiev||1143||City of Kiev||Soviet Shipyard No. 444, Mykolaiv||21 July 1970||26 December 1972||28 December 1975||Sold to China as a museum, 1996|
|Minsk||1143||City of Minsk||28 December 1972||30 September 1975||27 September 1978||Sold to China as a museum, 1995|
|Novorossiysk||11433/1143M||City of Novorossiysk||30 September 1975||26 December 1978||14 September 1982||Broken up at Pohang, 1997|
|11434||Sergey Georgiyevich Gorshkov||Soviet Shipyard No. 444, Mykolaiv||17 February 1978||1 April 1982||11 December 1987||Sold to India in 2004, now INS Vikramaditya|
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