Russia has announced plans to build ‘the world’s biggest aircraft carrier’ to take on America’s Nimitz class ships. The new Shtorm craft, known as Project 23E000E, could cost up to $17.5billion each and enter service by 2030, state media reports. Shtorm class carries would be powered by nuclear reactors and carry up to 90 aircraft, including the newly designed T-50, the report claims. Despite the Kremlin’s claim that the new carrier will be the world’s biggest, its

specifications appear similar to the current US Nimitz class ships. Professor Vadim Kozyulin, an expert quoted by Russian media, admits that the ship will be based on the design for new American carrier USS Gerald R Ford. ‘It will be a floating airport that is accompanied by an entire squadron of ships,’ Mr Kozyulin said. The new craft will feature a deck the size of three football fields, house 4,000 crew and need specially designed docks to fit inside. READ MORE