The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – a massive warship equipped with the latest technology and advanced radar systems to accommodate unmanned, carrier – launched drones – is set to undergo more than two years of rigorous testing.
USS Gerald R. Ford is the first of what will eventually be the Navy’s fleet of next-generation Ford – class aircraft carriers. The upgraded ships are the first new design of aircraft carriers, USS Nimitz as was built in the late 1960s.
USS Ford was baptized at a special ceremony in November in Newport, the massive warship is slated to officially serving in the Navy in 2016. But first, shipbuilders spend 26 months with carefully testing the aircraft carrier different systems.
The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier – a massive warship equipped with the latest technology and advanced radar systems to accommodate unmanned, carrier – launched drones – is set to undergo more than two years of rigorous testing. ……. read more here!
USS Ford test phase is longer and more laborious than usual because the next generation warship contains many new technologies, including upgraded radar systems, more efficient nuclear and electromagnetic launchers designed to more effectively operate the aircraft from the carrier’s deck.
The mammoth USS Ford weighs almost 100,000 tons, and in the end it will be home to more than 4,600 service personnel and 75 aircraft, according to Newport News Shipbuilding, which built aircraft carrier.
The upgraded design has greater flight deck, three aircraft elevators and the steam-powered systems are replaced by more efficient electrical systmer.
Some lawmakers and officials as well as industry have criticized USS Ford – especially for its $ 12.8 billion price – but the Navy is steadfast and defend the warship and its new technologies, according to the Daily Press.
Ford class ships is expected to usher in a new era of American naval power, and is designed to operate for 50 years. Construction has already begun on the next aircraft carrier in the Navy – USS John F. Kennedy.