In the United States launched a new generation of aircraft carrier




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The latest generation of aircraft carrier was launched on at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. It is named in honor of the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford and cost the U.S. budget at 14 billion dollars.

Construction of the ship began in 2009. Special attention was paid to the designers innovation. It has a powerful nuclear reactor that can operate without replacing the fuel rods for 50 years. To reduce the overall weight and resilience in the manufacture of composite materials have been applied.

Due to significant changes in the body design of aircraft carrier flight deck and expansion, “Gerald Ford” is now able to fit on their premises up to 90 aircraft and helicopters, including the impact of F-35 fighter jets.

In the case of warfare ship will provide up to 220 sorties a day. As a means of defense used ESSM missile launchers with two 32 shells each.

For close combat aircraft carrier is equipped with anti-aircraft missiles RAM. Responsible for detecting enemy dual-band radar system DBR.

According Vesti.Ru, deck layout has also been changed. Now, instead of four lifts for aircraft used only three, steam catapult replaced by electromagnetic, installed new turboelektricheskie arresting gear. All this made it possible not only to increase the maximum speed launcher and receiver aircraft by 25%, but also make the process more manageable by reducing the load on the aircraft and pilots. The aircraft carrier is adapted to work with both manned and unmanned aircraft.

Despite the high cost of design and production of the aircraft carrier and its operation will cost the U.S. Navy $ 4 billion less than its predecessor. This saving was made possible by the highly effective use of every square inch of space on the ship, the installation of modern equipment, process automation and reduce the number of crew members.

Interestingly, the USS Gerald R. Ford was the first aircraft carrier, the design of which has been applied a full-scale 3D-modeling: the engineers were able to “walk” through the virtual ship, while commending ergonomics of certain decisions.

According to statements of the military, the next ship of the new generation must come from the shipyard in five years. The adoption of the system of the last aircraft carrier presented series is expected in 2058.

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