US Nimitz Class vs Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier – Military / Navy Comparison

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? We thought it would be cool to compare the
main aircraft carriers operating in the two most prominent navies of the world; The United
States and Russia. Let’s take a closer look at these giants
of the sea in this episode of The Infographics Show, 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 aircrafts, 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 1,092 feet (333 meters), while The Admiral has a length of about 999
feet (305 meters), making it just a little bit shorter than its American counterpart. The American carriers have a beam of about
134 feet (41 meters), and weigh approximately 97,000 tons. The Russian carrier has a beam of 121 feet
(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 sometime in 2017. 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 off 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! We hope you enjoyed this comparison of The
United States’ Nimitz Class aircraft carriers vs Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov. 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
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