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The very first aircraft carriers in history were significantly different from those of the Makhin that dominate the oceans of our time. These were relatively small ships carrying several seaplanes: no takeoff decks, no catapults, no nuclear reactors. From the moment the first ships of this type were launched, everything changed. Today, aircraft carriers have become one of the most important tools of geopolitical influence. Currently, there are only 20 aircraft carriers in service - only 9 countries have at their disposal these ships. Here are the five most powerful and most dangerous of the new aircraft carriers in the world.
"Type 001A" is the second aircraft carrier of the People's Republic of China and the first built by China in principle. It was launched in April 2017, but the ship will enter service only in 2020, when all sea trials are completed. By and large, the design of the aircraft carrier largely borrows the design of the old Soviet aircraft-carrying cruiser "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov."The ship has a length of 300 meters, can carry about 40 aircraft and is designed to increase the influence of China in the South China Sea.
Light aircraft carrier Vikrant this year will be officially adopted and will become the flagship of the western group of the Navy of India. The ship will take on board two dozen MiG 29K and several helicopters, including those made in India.
USS Gerald R. Ford
USS Gerald R. Ford was founded in November 2009, completed in October 2013 and put into operation in July 2017. It is the most expensive warship in the world - it cost the Pentagon as much as 13 billion dollars. The aircraft carrier was the first ship in the history of this class with elements of stealth technology: it is assumed that it will be virtually invisible to enemy radars.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Launched in 2017, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is the newest aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. It is significantly different from all the other aircraft carriers of the world - there are no catapults and brake lines, because the aircraft wing will consist of short-range take-off and vertical landing aircraft. These are the F-35B Lightning II fighter-bombers and the Merlin helicopters.
Charles de Gaulle
Experts recognize the flagship of the French Navy as the most efficient aircraft carrier. In fact, compared to the American giants, “Charles de Gaulle” looks like a crumb - its length is only 261 meters, and its height is 75. The wing consists of 40 aircraft.