The recent news of the launch of Type 003 aircraft carrier is definitely the biggest news currently inside China. The launch of this conventionally powered supercarrier with a displacement of more than 80,000 tons means that china has made a excellent breakthrough in naval construction. However, many people have said that the 80,000-ton aircraft carrier can use nuclear power. The example they cited was the Ulyanovsk-class aircraft carrier developed in the Soviet era, and it is said that china has used some knowledge and technology of this soviet supercarrier in the development of the Type 003. So what is the strength of this soviet warship? Does the performance of this ship exceed China’s Type 003 aircraft carrier?
The development of the Soviet Navy in the Soviet period mainly revolved around the two core points of anti-ship and nuclear submarines, and they actually did not pay much attention to the development of aircraft carriers. The first Soviet warship designed with the purpose of an aircraft carrier was the Moscow-class helicopter carrier, and then the Kiev-class aircraft cruiser built later. Although these two ships classes can be called as an aircraft carrier in many ways, but in actual they are not pure aircraft carriers, they can be instead called as Heavy aircraft carrying aviation cruiser. Although the Soviet Union did not value the development of aircraft carriers, some senior officials of the Navy knew the power of aircraft carriers, so they built a real aircraft carrier after the Kiev Class, the Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, although this class of aircraft carrier was called as an aircraft carrying cruiser in the Soviet Union.