Official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov commented on the statement by British defense Secretary Michael Fallon, according to which the Russians envy the British in connection with the early trials of the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth.
«The statements by the head of the British war Minister Michael Fallon about the superiority of the external beauty of a new carrier on the Russian aircraft carrier «Admiral Kuznetsov» show blatant ignorance of naval science,» — said the Russian General.
Konashenkov called the British aircraft carrier «aviamarch», are only able to launch aircraft, and in need of the protection of escort ships, including submarines.
«Therefore, unlike the aircraft carrier «Admiral Kuznetsov», equipped with anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and, most importantly, anti-ship missiles «Granit», the British aircraft carrier — just a large naval target,» said a spokesman.
Ship of the Navy of great Britain Queen Elizabeth should enter into operation in 2020. It has a displacement of 70.000 tons, and two gas turbine engines allow it to reach speeds up to 25 knots. Reserve of 10.000 nautical miles.
The crew of the aircraft carrier, named in honor of the Queen, laid in XVI century the Foundation of English naval power, — 1.600 people. It will be based 40 aircraft and helicopters, but if necessary it can accommodate up to 70 aircraft.
Heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser «Admiral Kuznetsov» after returning from a campaign in the Eastern Mediterranean, embarked on a major overhaul. The estimated cost of works is about 50 billion rubles. According to official data, the cruiser should be back in operation in 2020, however, independent experts believe this estimate is optimistic.
We will add that in accordance with the naval doctrine, NATO, the carriers do not act independently, but as part of carrier strike groups, as their main attacking force. All actions of the crew focused on the task.
Neither the USSR nor Russia to create an aircraft carrier group could not be established, the only aircraft carrier forced to act autonomously, independently taking care of his protection. Weak survivability of such a ship was not a secret to command the Soviet Navy. In particular, this is stated in the memoirs of the commander of the Pacific fleet Admiral Nikolai amelko.