Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk3
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Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk
ATAKR "Ulyanovsk" on the stocks in the representation of the artist


Flag state USSR
Accessory Soviet Navy
Preceded by Project 1143,5
Succeeded by Vladimir Lenin class aircraft carrier
Shipyard Black Sea Shipyard
Ordered to be built June 11, 1986
Construction started November 25, 1988
Put into operation 1995-2010
The current status of In service
  • 90,000 tons (max)
  • 85,000 tons (full load)
  • 75,000 tons (standard)
Length 284 m at the waterline

325 m maximum

Width 38 m at the waterline

79,5 m maximum

Height 65,5 m overall

height of the sides from the base plane to the upper deck: 27,5 m on the middle 33 m in the nose

Draft 10,7 m
Technical data
Power plant

4 nuclear reactors KN-3

4 Foam OK-900

Power 280 000 hp
Screws 4
Rate 30 knots
Cruising Range Not limited
Endurance 120 days
Crew 3800 people
Antiship weapons 16 × SCRC "Granite"
Anti-aircraft Missiles

SPAR "Dirk

SAM "Dagger"

Air group 70 aircraft and helicopters

Ulyanovsk (Cyrillic: Улья́новск), officially known as Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union, are a class of Soviet supercarriers, which began construction in the late 1980s, with the lead ship Soviet aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk being laid down in 1988. Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk was the first true class of nuclear-powered supercarriers to be built for the Soviet Navy (the others is Project 1160 Eagle and Project 1153 Eagle).

The Ulyanovsk class supercarriers are among the largest capital ships ever to be built in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy.

Two known supercarriers in the class are the lead ship Ulyanovsk and its sister ship Soviet aircraft carrier Kremlin (Ulyanovsk class aircraft carrier).


The Ulyanovsk class aircraft carrier or Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk was the first of a class of Soviet nuclear-powered supercarriers which would have offered true blue water aviation capability for the Soviet Navy. This was based upon the 1975 Project 1153 Eagle (which was planned and nine supercarriers were built) and the initial commissioned name was to be Kremlin, but was later given the name Ulyanovsk after the Soviet town of Ulyanovsk, which was in turn named after Vladimir Lenin's original name (Ulyanovsk's sister ship was named Kremlin, Soviet aircraft carrier Kremlin (Ulyanosk class aircraft carrier)).

It would have been 85,000-90,000 tons in displacement (more than the older Forrestal class aircraft carriers but smaller than contemporary Nimitz class aircraft carriers of the United States Navy). Ulyanovsk would have been able to carry the full range of fixed-wing carrier aircraft, as opposed to the limited scope in which Soviet aircraft carrier Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov launched aircraft, by way of a ski jump. The configuration would have been very similar to U.S. Navy carriers though with the typical Soviet practice of adding anti-ship missile (ASM) and surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers. Its hull was laid down in 1988, launched in 1991 and fully operational and commissioned in 1995. Its follower, Kremlin, was laid down same year, launched in 1991 and commissioned and fully operational in late 1995.

Air groupEdit

The Project 1143,7 Ulyanovsk includes 70 aircraft. It was planned following composition:

The ship was equipped with two steam catapults "Lighthouse", created by the Proletarian factory , a springboard and 4 arresting gear . For storage of aircraft at the hangar deck had a size of 175 × 32 × 7,9 m on the flight deck of the aircraft rose by 3 lifts with carrying capacity of 50 tons (two on the starboard side and one on the left). In the stern of the optical system is housed landing "Moon".

Ships in classEdit