no, it has only 2 engines.
Sorry I was talking about the A-40 or A-42... the Albatross... I think you might have been referring to the Be-200 that actually got into serial production.
I seem to remember the Albatross was only made in small numbers... something like 6 although there was one version with a D27 propfan too.
It had the same 12 ton thrust engines of the Il-76 but had two 2 ton thrust engined buried underneath the main engines to generate extra thrust for takeoff.
PS-90 engines of PD-14s or PD-16s would allow it to operate with just two engines.
no, before they r separated from the plane.
That is a given though isn't it?
I mean neither the surface ship or sub launched nor potential air launched missiles would be much use if you couldn't change the target parameters before launch.
In situations with lightly defended single targets it's better to send a couple planes while more info. is gathered on them instead of expending up to 8 missiles, disrupting flight ops &/ possibly revealing ships' positions to submarine & space assets with their noisy & flashy launches.
Against lightly defended targets the Kh-31 or Kh-35 would be used I suspect.
I would expect a MiG-29KR could get airborne from a carrier with four of either or two of each and their remaining four weapon pylons with two R-77s and two R-74s.
The wiki page describes that missile as being an elongated Kh-31... not really the same.
even the USN/MC F-18s been armed with Harpoons, & I don't see why the VMF would deny that capability to its deck fighters!
US carriers are strike carriers and carry a lot more planes and also strike platforms and air to ground ordinance.
Kuznetsov is an air defence carrier to defend a group of ships.
The strike power of Russian ships comes from their cruise missile launch tubes.
true, but putting all eggs in 1 basket isn't a good idea. Why rely on VKS aircraft that may have bigger fish to fry when u can do it urself, from the deck or a land base?
The ships and subs of a Russian surface fleet carry the land attack weapons, and of course the landing ships with naval infantry too.
I would expect either 152mm or 203mm guns will be deployed on new Russian cruisers and destroyers for naval gun support, providing fire support with no risk of any pilots getting shot down.
I rather suspect guns and cruise missiles and drones will do more for Russian naval groups than aircraft, which are mainly there in peace time to scare nosey ships and aircraft away.
In his initial Aerofax book (1995) on the Yak VTOL fighters he briefly referred to the low rate initial production of the Yak-41M >>
DId he refer to them in the present tense or future tense?
If they did build tooling for starting production then that is just more money wasted.
So in the quotes you give they planned to tool up... the factory was given the job to tool up, and they started the process of tooling up, but no mention of finishing or starting to actually build aircraft.