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Large aircraft carriers compared
A superb thread from a different forum !!!

Understanding of all military specs (Nimitz seems to be a de-facto standard for all comparisons, Chinese Shi Lang aka Varyag, Admiral Kuznetzov, Charles De Gaulle, soon-to-be-deployed Indian aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth) is mostly beyond my capabilities but I thought some of this info might be of interest to people like Heretic and others here.

USS Gerald Ford is the next generation and obviously superior to all of them.

Chinese “Varyag” is now named “Shi Lang”, of course. It’s based on the unfinished soviet aircraft carrier that Ukraine sold to China at the price of scrap metal. The name “Shi Lang” is supposed to honor a Qing Dynasty admiral who conquered Taiwan in 1683 - a symbolic message to modern Taiwan. I read elsewhere that “Shi Lang” enters service in the China’s navy this year.

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2012 Jun 03 23:02
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Other comparisons:

Spent on War in Iraq and Afghanistan, so far = $1 trillion

Construction of USS Gerald Ford = estimated at $14 billion

Construction of new Russian spaceport Vostochny = estimated at $14 billion

Construction of the Large Hadron Collider = $10 billion; needless to say LHC will change quantum mechanics and most likely result in a dramatic paradigm shift in our understanding of how the Universe works.

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2012 Jun 04 00:16
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RE: Large aircraft carriers compared
Su-33 Almost Crashes

A scary video of landing on Admiral Kuznetzov.





One comment claims it was actually a demonstration of thrust vectoring power… I doubt it.

Su-33 seems to be designed as a heavy performer hence Admiral Kuznetzov aka (Varyag = Shi Ling) all have a ski-jump to help in takeoff. Maybe its mass presents extra challenges on landing too.
2012 Jun 05 05:47
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RE: Large aircraft carriers compared
Funny part about Shi Ling; if I remember correctly, a Chinese businessman bought it supposedly to make a hotel or something similar out of it but it ended up as a "transfer of technology". Big Grin Ah, them Chinese. Big Grin Big Grin

About the Su-33 "landing/show off" - looks like a missed landing to me too, they can show off maneuverability/engine's power in mid air:









Nevertheless, in my opinion, Russian built airplanes are superior to "western" built ones in terms of maneuverability, always have been, so maybe, just maybe they were really showing off. dunno
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RE: Large aircraft carriers compared
(2012 Jun 04 00:16)Ville Wrote:  Other comparisons:

Spent on War in Iraq and Afghanistan, so far = $1 trillion

Construction of USS Gerald Ford = estimated at $14 billion

Construction of new Russian spaceport Vostochny = estimated at $14 billion

Construction of the Large Hadron Collider = $10 billion; needless to say LHC will change quantum mechanics and most likely result in a dramatic paradigm shift in our understanding of how the Universe works.

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Why do we even need to know how it works any better? It's not as if we'll ever be able to shape or engineer anything so vast.

India is catching up fast by the look of things. They used to buy Britain's old military equipment along with Brazil and a few South American countries like Chile. Their ships there look quite good compared to the others, but it'll be interesting to see the full capabilities compared to the others.
2012 Sep 09 15:18
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