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Clemenceau-class Aircraft Carrier

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The Clemenceau-class Aircraft Carrier is a class of medium sized aircraft carrier used previously by the Marine Nationale and currently by the Brazilian Navy. Currently both Clemenceau-class carriers serve in the Brazilian Navy as NAeL Sao Paulo (A12) and NAeL Brasilia (A13). After several extensive rebuilds and modernization programs, the Clemenceau-class carriers are some of the most modern aircraft cariers in world.

Specifications[edit]

Original Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1961-2000 (France)
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 869 feet (264.87 meters)
    • Beam: 168 feet (51.21 meters)
    • Draught: 28 feet (8.54 meters)
    • Displacement: 22,000 tons (Standard), 32,780 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,920 (1,338 ship crew and 582 air crew)
  • Propulsion: 6 x Indret boilers, 4 x steam turbines, 126,000 shp
  • Range: 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 kilometers)
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.27 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 DRBV-23B air sentry radar
    • 1 DRBV-50 low altitude or surface sentry radar (later replaced by a DRBV-15)
    • 1 NRBA-50 approach radar
    • 2 DRBI-10 tri-dimensional air sentry radar
    • Multiple DRBN-34 navigation radars
    • Multiple DRBC-31 fire direction radars (later replaced by DRBC-32C radars)
  • Armament
    • 8 100 mm turrets (of which 4 replaced in the 1990s by 2 SACP Crotale EDIR systems with 52 missiles)
    • 5 x 12.7mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 15 Super Étendard, 4 Étendard IVP, 8 F-8E(FN) Crusader, 8 Alizé, 2 Dauphin Pedro, 2 Super Frelon

Current Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 2001-Present (Brazil)
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 903 feet (275.23 meters)
    • Beam (Extreme): 178 feet (54.25 meters)
    • Draught: 31 feet (9.45 meters)
    • Displacement: 32,100 tons (Standard), 43,700 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,340
  • Propulsion: 4 x Babcock & Wilcox 1200psi boilers, 4 x General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 x shafts, 140,000 shp
  • Range: 9,000 nautical miles (16,668 kilometers)
  • Speed: 35 knots (64.82 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite
    • DRBJ-11B S-Band 3D Air Search Radar
    • DRBV-26D L-Band Long Range Air Search Radar
    • DRBV-15C Sea Tiger Mk.2 S-Band Air/Surface Search Radar
    • DRBN-34A Navigation Radar x 2
    • ARABEL X-Band Fire Control Radar
    • DIVB-2 Vampir IRST
  • Countermeasures
    • ARBR-21 Radar Detector
    • ARBR-33 Radar Jammer
    • ARBG-2 COMINT Interceptor
    • Sagaie Anti-Missile Decoy
    • SLAT Anti-Torpedo Decoy
  • Armament
    • 4 x 8-cell SYLVER A43 VLS (fires Aster 15 SAMs)
    • 3 x MLG-27 27mm autocannons
    • 2 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 46 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
    • Dassault Rafale M x 26
    • Grumman C-1B Trader x 2
    • Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000 x 4
    • Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker x 6
    • Eurocopter UH-15 Cougar x 4
    • Sikorsky MH-16 Seahawk x 4
  • Aviation Facilities: 4 x steam catapults, 12 degree angled flight deck, 2 x elevators

Unit Run[edit]

  • NAeL Sao Paulo (A12) - former MN Foch (R99)
  • NAeL Brasilia (A13) - former MN Clemenceau (R98)
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