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A Catamaran aircraft carrier 3D concept (Image: 3DWarehouse)

Russia’s Krylov State Research Center (KSRC) has devised a new design concept for its future semi-catamaran aircraft carrier.

The model of a future non-nuclear multirole aircraft carrier was presented for the first time at the Army-2018 forum in August this year. "The semi-catamaran design of the ship’s underwater part is the project’s key distinguishing feature," KSRC spokesperson was quoted as saying by TASS on Wednesday.

The proposed project has no name yet. Normally catamarans have two parallel hulls and a superstructure platform connecting them. The proposed semi-catamaran hull will resemble a dovetail, bifurcating toward the stern.

The new design pattern’s main advantage was a large flight deck (as wide as that of heavy aircraft carriers) and smaller displacement. The flight deck area is a crucial factor for the number of planes the ship can carry, the spokesperson said.

"An average displacement ship is capable of carrying a full-scale air wing," he added.

No V-shape hull aircraft carriers have been built so far.

The Krylov Center said the proposed aircraft carrier’s water displacement will be 44,000 tonnes, length - 304 meters, deck width - 78 meters, draught - 8.5 meters, full speed - 28 knots, and cruising range - 8,000 miles. The ship’s air wing will consist of 46 aircraft: 12-14 Sukhoi-33 fighters, 12-14 MiG-29K/KUB fighters, four early warning and command aircraft and 12-14 Ka-27 helicopters.

Russia’s only medium class aircraft carrier The Admiral Kuznetsov having a far greater displacement (59,000 tonnes) carries the same air group - up to 52 planes and helicopters.

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