The problem with F-14 was it was severely under powered. It wasn't until F-14D in the late 80s did it receive adequate engines.Interesting comparison but then again the F14 Tomcat was a formidable fighter
it was used to carry the mighty AWACS killer Aim-54 Phoenix missile which was only ever exported to the Shah of Iran
Kiev was meant to carry Yak. Kuznetsov was built for MiG-29K and Su-27K.Thay are around the same size, with the Flankers being smaller only in wingspan when the Tomcat's have their wing fully extended. F-14's were certainly heavier though.
The Kuznetsov class design wasn't really meant to carry Flankers, though. As far as I am aware, its intended air wing was mostly Yak-41/Yak-141's.
J-35 complements J-15 in the air to air role. J-15 is big and carries a sweet truck of bomb load and is more suitable for striking missions.Did you not hear about the maiden flight of the J-35 that is going to occur next year?