The whole concept of AWACs is evolving. Its very likely rather then the Hawkeye concept, there will be drones which are much lighter and they will just act as radar antennas. These will transmit telemetry back to the ship where the sector radar operators and computers will work to identify and cataogize threats. This can provide much greater coverage at a fraction of the operating cost. It will not need catapults. Its possible they will install CATs to increase payload of the planes.
It is possible, but I have yet to see any drones with anything like the 360 degree radar and endurance of a naval AWACS aircraft...
Oh that system, its a type of STOBAR catapult.
If it is a catapult then wouldn't it be CATOBAR?
It wouldn't make sense to put emails on this ship and the Russians do not have functional EMALS catapults.
Why would it not make sense? ...assuming you meant EMALs and not emails... I believe they already get those....
The Kuznetsov would benefit from being able to operate a fixed wing AWACS aircraft and inflight refuelling aircraft...
It's based on a STOBAR system with tweaks
What does that even mean?
It's not a purpose-built catapult system but a makeshift system similar to the Indian carrier they did, it's based on that concept, there is no proper term for it.
You mean it is an accidentally arrived at catapult system that doesn't change anything at all?
Carrier launch systems need to be designed as the ship is being designed, they are not about to go back and waste time and money developing a catapult system for this ship, so they are borrowing on data from the conversion project they did for India to make a STOBAR type system for the Kuz. Which makes far more sense.
The much smaller modified Kiev class CV the Russians sold the Indians didn't have any catapults... built in or bolted on.
the Vikramaditya is a STOBAR....
Of course it is, because it does not have any catapult system to be a CATOBAR.
The Kuznetsov was a STOBAR, but now it seems they are fitting experimental catapults to it.
STOBAR stands for: Short Take Off (no catapult, but a ski-jump ramp). But Assisted Landing (by use of the arrester system). Again, there is no any catapult. Clearer now!?
He knows, you know, I know.
We are however talking about the new catapult system being fitted to the Kuznetsov as part of the upgrade... new meaning not the ski jump that was previously fitted, but something new.
SS is trying to say it is still a STOBAR.... short take off but arrested landing... ie rolling takeoff and cable and hook landing, but as Tsavo points out with cat launch capability it becomes a hybrid STOBAR CATOBAR... likely STOBAR for fighters and CATOBAR for AWACS and inflight refuelling tankers...
They do not have EMALS they never bothered to design one, the best thing they developed was a steam-based catapult for that carrier they never finished.
I think your information is a little out of date.... check out post 842 on the previous page... they have designed some sort of system to assist takeoffs from carriers... they developed it for India and are applying it to the K.
They are rather vague as to what it is and how it works... I rather doubt it is EMALS which they are also working on BTW, and it likely wont be a steam powered system... no point reinventing the wheel...