Military Comparison US Nimitz Class vs Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier!
It is imperative for powerful countries to showcase their strength, and nations often like to flex their military might like bodybuilders posing in a mirror.
And, why not?
What would be the point of keeping such strength a secret?
Let’s take a closer look at these giants of the sea. The United States’ Nimitz Class vs Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov.
The United States has a total of 10 identical aircraft carriers that all fall under the designation “Nimitz Class.” The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was the first of the crew, deployed in 1975.
The Russian aircraft carrier, named Admiral Kuznetsov, was launched in 1985 and is Russia’s only one. A sister ship for the Russian carrier named the Varyag was in the works, but the hull ended up being sold to China. It currently lives on in China’s navy as the Liaoning.
Talk about playing for another team!
Each country’s aircraft carrier was built for slightly different reasons. The Nimitz class vessels were built primarily as a home for American aircraft, while Admiral Kuznetsov was built to be its own offensive power in Russia’s navy.
Due to their slightly different purposes, a direct comparison should be taken with a tiny grain of salt, but we’re going to pepper you with some more stats, nonetheless!
The armaments for the Nimitz class carriers include several NATO Sea Sparrow, Phalanx CIWS, and Rolling Airframe Missile mounts.
Admiral Kuznetsov, on the other hand, is armed with ASW rocket systems, SA-N-9 “Gauntlet” eight-round vertical SAM launchers, combined gun/missile systems with twin 30mm Gatling guns, and SA-N-11 “Grison” missiles.
The United States Nimitz Class carriers have a length of about 333 meters, while The Admiral has a length of about 305 meters, making it just a little bit shorter than its American counterpart. The American carriers have a beam of about 41 meters and weigh approximately 97,000 tons.
The Russian carrier has a beam of 37 meters and weighs about 67,000 tons. Basically it’s the reverse of Rocky IV, with Russia having a Rocky Balboa against the United States’ fleet of Ivan Dragos.
The two nations have very different focuses when it comes to powering their ships.
Admiral Kuznetsov is primarily powered by 8 turbo pressurized boilers, 4 turbines, 9 turbogenerators, and 6 diesel generators, while each Nimitz Class carrier is equipped with and powered by two nuclear reactors and four shafts located on board.
Both the Nimitz Class carriers and the Admiral have speeds of around 30 knots or about 34 miles per hour.
Admiral Kuznetsov typically carries around 40 aircraft and has a crew of about 2,000. Each of the Nimitz Class carriers has about 60 flying vessels on them and crews upwards of 5,000. While the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the Nimitz class carriers are the current aircraft carrier leaders in their respective country’s navies, it should be noted that the United States is in the works of replacing their Nimitz class ships with an improved fleet of Gerald R. Ford-class carriers.
The United States Navy recently reported that the first of its class is 98% complete, and it is set to be delivered.
This new class of carriers has many similarities with the older Nimitz class, but each of the newer carriers will save the United States $4 billion in total ownership costs during their 50-year service life. To put that in perspective, each ship would be saving the equivalent of over 83,000 Unites States salaries, based on the average wage of $48,098.63 for Americans in 2015. That’s quite a lot of cheddar, or in this case, Cap’n Crunch might be more appropriate! The new Gerald R. Ford-class carriers also have the added benefits of operating with almost 700 fewer crew members than the carriers before, reduced standing and maintenance workload for the crew, and improved corrosion control throughout the ship.
The Gerald R. Ford will be the first aircraft carrier designed with all electric utilities and will have better-striking power than the older carriers. The seas of our world are about to have some shiny, new American ships on ‘em!
Do you think America really needs 10 aircraft carriers at $4.5 billion each or is Russia
making the right decision by sticking to just one?