TOP 10 BIGGEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN THE WORLD. U.S, Russia, China, India, France among Top

Currently, the US Navy has largest number of aircraft carriers in service (11), with the navies of India, France, Russia, Spain and Thailand each operating a single aircraft carrier each. In addition, countries like U.K, Italy and China are operating two aircraft carriers each.

Here is a list of top 10 most notable aircraft carriers currently in service around the world.

TOP 10 NAVY IN THE WORLD 2021

1. GERALD R FORD CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

GERALD R FORD CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

The U.S has the world largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 337 m and a width of 78 m. It can carry a total 90 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 4,300 crew members. It weighs up to 100,000 tonnes. It has a speed of 56 km/hr which was built at $ 12.99 billion.

Country servingUnited States
Length/Width/Draft337 m/ 78 m/ 12 m
Crew4,300
No. of aircraft90
Weight100,000 tonnes
Made ByNewport News Shipbuilding Company
Commissioned2017
CostUS $ 12.99 billion
Speed56 km/hr

2. NIMITZ CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

NIMITZ CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

The U.S also has world 2nd largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 333 m and width of 77 m. It can carry a total 85-90 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 6,012 crew members. It weighs up to 106,000 tonnes. It has a speed of 56 km/hr which was built at $ 8.5 billion.

Country servingUnited States
Length/Width/Draft332.8 m/ 76.8 m/ 11.3 m
Crew6,012
No. of aircraft85-90
Weight106,300 tonnes
Made ByNewport News Shipbuilding Company
Commissioned3 May 1975
CostUS $ 8.5 billion
Speed56 km/hr

3. ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV AIRCRAFT CARRIER

ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Russia has world 3rd largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 305 m and width of 72 m. It can carry a total 30 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,690 crew members. It weighs up to 58,600 tonnes. It has a speed of 54 km/hr which was built at $ 3.5 billion.

Country servingRussia
Length/Width/Draft305 m/ 72 m/ 10 m
Crew1690
No. of aircraft30
Weight58,600 tonnes
Made ByNikolayev South
Commissioned20 January 1991
CostUS $ 3.5 billion
Speed54 km/hr

4. LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER

LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER

There are currently Two Aircraft Carrier China has commissioned from Russia.
China has world 4th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 304.5 m and width of 75 m. It can carry a total 40 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,960 crew members. It weighs up to 67,500 tonnes. It has a speed of 59 km/hr which was built at $ 2.5 billion.

Country servingChina
Length/Width/Draft304.5 m/ 75 m/ 8.97 m
Crew1,960
No. of aircraft40
Weight67,500 tonnes
Made ByDalian Shipbuilding Industry
Commissioned25 September 2012
CostUS $ 2.5 billion
Speed59 km/hr

5. QUEEN ELIZABETH CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

QUEEN ELIZABETH CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

The U.K has world 5th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 284 m and width of 73 m. It can carry a total 72 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,600 crew members. It weighs up to 65,000 tonnes. It has a speed of 46 km/hr which was built at $ 4.2 billion.

Country servingUnited Kingdom
Length/Width/Draft284 m/ 73 m/ 11 m
Crew1,600
No. of aircraft72
Weight65,000 tonnes
Made ByAircraft Carrier Alliance
Commissioned2017
CostUS $ 4.2 billion
Speed46 km/hr

6. INS VIKRAMADITYA AIRCRAFT CARRIER

INS VIKRAMADITYA AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier INS VIKRANT will be commissioned in 2022. India Aircraft Carrier INS VIRAT was Decommissioned in March 2017.
India has world 6th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 284 m and width of 60 m. It can carry a total 36 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,610 crew members. It weighs up to 45,400 tonnes. It has a speed of 56 km/hr which was built at $ 2.35 billion.

Country servingIndia
Length/Width/Draft283.5 m/ 59.8 m/ 10.2 m
Crew1,610
No. of aircraft36
Weight45,400 tonnes
Made ByChernomorskiy Yard Nikolayev
Commissioned16 November 2013
CostUS $ 2.35 billion
Speed56 km/hr

7. CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRCRAFT CARRIER

CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRCRAFT CARRIER

France has world 7th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 262 m and width of 65 m. It can carry a total 40 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 800 crew members. It weighs up to 42,500 tonnes. It has a speed of 50 km/hr which was built at $ 2 billion.

Country servingFrance
Length/Width/Draft261.5 m/64.36 m/ 9.43 m
Crew800
No. of aircraft40
Weight42,500 tonnes
Made ByNaval Group
CommissionedMay 2001
CostUS $ 2 billion
Speed50 km/hr

8. CAVOUR AIRCRAFT CARRIER

CAVOUR AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Italy has world 8th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 244 m and width of 39 m. It can carry a total 30 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,202 crew members. It weighs up to 30,000 tonnes. It has a speed of 54 km/hr which was built at $ 1.6 billion.

Country servingItaly
Length/Width/Draft244 m/ 39 m/ 8.7 m
Crew1,202
No. of aircraft30
Weight30,000 tonnes
Made ByFincantieri
Commissioned27 March 2008
CostUS $ 1.6 billion
Speed54 km/hr

9. JUAN CARLOS 1 AIRCRAFT CARRIER

JUAN CARLOS 1 AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Spain has world 9th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 230 m and width of 32 m. It can carry a total 31 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 950 crew members. It weighs up to 26,000 tonnes. It has a speed of 39 km/hr which was built at $ 0.5 billion.

Country servingSpain
Length/Width/Draft230 m/ 32 m/ 6.9 m
Crew950
No. of aircraft31
Weight26,000 tonnes
Made ByNavantia
Commissioned30 September 2010
Cost$ 500 million
Speed39 km/hr

10. USS AMERICA (LHA-6) AIRCRAFT CARRIER

USS AMERICA (LHA-6) AIRCRAFT CARRIER

The U.S.A again has world 10th largest Aircraft carrier with a length of 257 m and width of 32 m. It can carry a total 25 Aircraft which includes Fighter Jets and Helicopters with 1,870 crew members. It weighs up to 46,700 tonnes. It has a speed of 41 km/hr which was built at $ 3.4 billion.

Country servingU.S.A
Length/Width/Draft257 m/ 32 m/ 7.9 m
Crew1,870
No. of aircraft25
Weight45,693 tonnes
Made ByHuntington Ingalls Industries
Commissioned11 October 2014
Cost$ 3.4 billion
Speed41 km/hr
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