When it comes to aircraft carriers, the Us Navy is unmatched.
The Us Navy’s 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers are the envy of the world, and yet the Navy has a newer — more powerful and more advanced carrier in the works.
A new $17 billion U S S Gerald Ford supercarrier would make that even more so.
Despite the efforts of other nations to keep up, The U S S Gerald Ford is the lead of America’s First Class of aircraft carriers in over four decades, and its deployment is something more than the usual $17 billion U S S Gerald Ford meet the new American Flagship.
It is an introduction of the world to the next generation of aircraft carriers.
The next generation of aircraft carriers would be the ultimate symbol of the military might of the militaries that wield them, A mobile version of all lethality a country has to offer, and packed with all the advanced Tech of the last decades, these massive floating air bases could win Battles by intimidation alone.
Other nations like the Us also develop new lethal Next Generation aircraft carriers, And now we look at every single one of them in detail.
U S S Gerald Ford was already the most advanced carrier in the world before it was completed, and deservedly so.
To build it, the Us Navy had to stop work on over 9000 other projects.
The supercarrier had a record-setting 100000 tons displacement and featured a staggering 23 new technologies, three of which are industry Marvels.
Number 1: Nuclear Power Propulsion: Two Bechdel A1b nuclear reactors- the most Cutting Edge engines created for use on water- how are the U S S Gerald Ford?
As a result, the carrier can run for 25 years at a time without refueling and with a max speed of around 30 knots.
The supercarrier could access every country in the world just in time to pay friendly visits to allies at wreak havoc on adversaries.
Number 2: American fighter jets and UAVs.
Up to 75 fighter jets and UAVs can call the U S S Ford home at any given time.
This includes the Navy’s favorite child, The 5th generation F-35c Lightning 2, whose development program Remains the most expensive weapons development program of the Pentagon to date, with a reported cost of $400 billion.
The result of such an expensive program is a fighter that can do it all: close air support, vertical takeoff and landing and everything in between.
And when the Navy’s 6th generation fighter comes to life, the U S S Ford is already equipped with the Technologies required to host the launch and arrested.
Number 3: Advanced launch and arrest systems On.
The U S S Ford is a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind electromagnetic launch system to catapult every aircraft type into the sky in the shortest possible distance and an arresting gear that saves them from becoming sea divers by grinding them to a sharp halt.
These systems are designed for 4,100 takeoffs and 16,500 arrests before faults occur.
The new Ford-class carriers will feature an improved nuclear reactor with three times the power generation capacity as the Nimitz.
This outsized power generation capacity provides the Fords an opportunity to grow into new technologies that come up during their service life.
With ample power to draw from, the Fords could one-day house directed energy weapons, like the Navy’s upcoming railgun.
The Nimitz class cruisers use an elaborate steam-powered launch system to send the aircraft on their way, but the Ford class, drawing on it’s huge power generation capacity, will use an electronic system to do the same.
Not only will the Emals launch heavier planes, but it will carefully launch planes in order to reduce wear and tear.
Additionally, the increased capacity of these launchers to make planes airborne will allow new plane designs in the future.
Improved technology means that the island or the tower on the deck of the carrier can be moved further aft (towards the tail).
This smaller, more out-of-the-way island means that there will be more room and accessibility for the aircraft on the deck, which will improve maintenance times and turnarounds.
Navy planners estimate that the new design will help carriers generate an additional 33% more sorties.
When aircraft land, they’ll be able to come back refuel rearm, in kind of a pit stop model, really modeled after Nascar.
The Navy’s Dual Band Radar operates simultaneously on two frequencies, enabling the radar to effectively classify low-altitude planes and missiles.
The radar works both to track incoming aircraft and missiles and to support outgoing weapons and planes.
Only the first Ford-class carrier, the U S S Gerald R Ford, will carry the Dual Band Radar.
Navy planners are currently evaluating candidates to provide an Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, which they estimate could save $120 million.
Individually, the changes made between the Ford and Nimitz classes seem isolated and inconsequential, But when taken together, the Ford line of aircraft carriers shows the direction forward as envisioned by the Us’s naval planners.
The development of the Ford class carriers has been fraught with cost and time overruns, but this is to be expected with a first-in-class vessel.
The great success of the Ford class will not be defined by any one innovation on board, but by the foresight displayed by the designers, who are boldly creating a carrier to launch planes that haven’t even been designed yet, to fire weapons not yet built, and to secure the Us’s interests at sea for decades to come.