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Charles de Gaulle-class Aircraft Carrier

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The French aircraft carrier MN Charles de Gaulle (R91) underway in 2009.

The Charles de Gaulle-class Aircraft Carriers are a pair of medium sized aircraft carriers in service in the Marine Nationale from 2001 onwards. The Charles de Gaulle entered service in 2001. The Richelieu was launched in 2008 and commissioned in 2010 with an improved nuclear reactor design.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1999-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 886 feet 5 inches (270.18 meters)
    • Beam: 220 feet (67.06 meters)
    • Draft: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
    • Displacement: 40,830 tons (Standard); 45,730 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 2,000
  • Endurance: 45 days
  • Power: 83,000 shp
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x Areva K15 pressurized water reactors (150 MWt each)
    • 2 x Alstom steam turbines with a total 61 MW shaft power
    • 2 x shafts
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • DRBJ-11B tridimensional air search radar - replaced by Thales SMART-S Mk2
    • DRBV-26D air search radar
    • DRBV-15C low altitude air search radar
    • DBRN-34 Navigation Radar - replaced by Scanter 6002
    • Arabel target acquisition radar
    • ARTEMIS IRST
    • Sagem EOMS NG electro-optical system
  • Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures
    • ARBR 21 Detector
    • ARBB 33 Countermeasures suite
    • ARBG2 MAIGRET Interceptor
    • Sagaie decoys launchers x 4
    • SLAT (Système de lutte anti-torpille) torpedo countermeasures
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 8-cell A43 Sylver launchers carrying the MBDA Aster 15 surface to air missile.
    • 2 x 6-cell Sadral launchers carrying Mistral short range missiles
    • 8 x Giat 20F2 20 mm cannons.
  • Aircraft Carried: Up to 40 fixed wing aircraft (30 x Rafale Ms, 4 x E-2 Hawkeye, 2 x NH90 Caimin, 2 x AS565 Panther, 2 x AS365 Dauphin II)

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