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Report: Russia Wants to Build World's Biggest Aircraft Carrier

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By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 04:25 PM

Russia wants to build the biggest aircraft carrier in the world because of "bubbling geopolitical tensions," Russian state media reported.

The carrier, coined the "Shtorm," is projected to be similar in size to the U.S. Gerald R. Ford supercarrier with a take-off deck the equivalent of three football fields with room for up to 100 fighters and bombers. The cost is expected to be between $6.15 and $17.5 billion. 

Russia is on high alert as it aims to cool tempers between North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump's administration warned it could take military action against North Korea's growing nuclear ambitions. The U.S. had an aircraft carrier strike group near the Korean Peninsula last weekend, to which North Korea responded it would "ruthlessly ravage" the U.S. if a strike were to occur.

"An aircraft carrier is a point of strength," a source told Russia Beyond the Headlines. "It can move about the world and dictate its conditions to others. Of course, for the Americans our aircraft carrier means nothing because they have 19 of them. While Russia will have one, two at the most. Nevertheless, it's a force to be reckoned with."

The Moscow aircraft carrier project could be difficult to fund, though, the site admits, for several reasons: the cost is high, Moscow is under sanctions for its 2014 annexation of Crimea and, the price of oil is so low.

"Consequently, the constructors have already begun developing an equivalent that has smaller dimensions but similar combat potential," the author wrote. 

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Russia wants to build the biggest aircraft carrier in the world because of "bubbling geopolitical tensions," Russian state media reported.
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