GarryB wrote:Su-33 is too large to operate comfortably in the Kuznestov, which is not well configured to carry such large fighters, it lacks width on the deck, it lacks space in the hangar, etc ... in practice the Kuznestov has only loaded 8 to 10 Su-33 like every time that have salied
I agree the Su-33 is a little too large for the K but the Russian Navy is notorious for not spending money on aircraft and it chose the Su-33 over the MiG-33 from the 1980s as the standard fighter for the K for the last 30 odd years.
It is an air defence carrier.
The Soviets intended to adopt both the Mig29K and the Su-27K for carrier service but it was also the time when the USSR came apart. The Russian then had to make a hard choice between the two as they had no money to buy two different fighters. They chose the Su27K (Su-33) on the grounds that it had a lower landing speed and a better combat radius than the Mig-29K.