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ITS Cavour (550)

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The ITS Cavour (550) is a light aircraft carrier in service in the Marina Militare from 2008 onwards. She is the flagship of the Italian Navy.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Light Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 2009-
  • Characteristics:
    • Length (Between Perpendiculars): 707 feet (215.5 meters);Length (Overall): 800 feet 6 inches (244 meters)
    • Beam: 127 feet 11 inches (39 meters)
    • Draught: 28 feet 7 inches (8.71 meters)
    • Displacement: 20,826 tons (Light); 29,625 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,292 (5 Flag Officers and VIPs, 486 crew, 211 air crew, 140 C4 staff, 430 troops)
  • Propulsion: COGAG, 2 x shafts
    • 4 x GE/Avio LM2500+ gas turbines, 118,010 bhp (88,000 kW)
    • 6 x Wärtsila CW 12V200 diesel generators, 17,701 bhp (13,200 kW)
  • Range: 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 kilometers) at 16 knots (29.63 km/h)
  • Speed: 29+ knots (53.71+ km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Selex ES MM/SPS-798 RAN-40L L-Band Long Range 3D Air Search Radar
    • Selex ES MM/SPY-790 EMPAR Multifunction Radar
    • Selex ES RAN-30X/I RASS Surface Search Radar
    • GEM Elettronica MM/SPN-753(v)10 Navigation Radar x 2
    • Selex ES RTN-25C Orion Fire Control Radar x 2
    • Selex ES MM/SPN-720 Precision Approach Radar
    • Telephonics AN/SPN-41A Precision Approach and Landing System
    • Selex ES SIR-R/S IFF System
    • TACAN SRN-15 A
    • Leonardo Thesan WASS SNA-2000 Mine Avoidance Sonar
    • Selex ES SASS IRST x 2
    • GEM Elettronica IRST EOSS-100
    • underwater telephone
  • Countermeasures:
    • Elettronica Spa NETTUNO-4100 ECM System
    • EW System (RESM/CESM, RECM)
  • Armament:
    • 2 x Otobreda 76mm/62-caliber Strales naval guns
    • 4 x 8-cell Sylver A43 VLS (fires Aster 15 SAMs)
    • 3 x Oerlikon Contraves 25mm/80-caliber anti-aircraft guns
    • 2 x ODLS-H/ODLS OTO Melara decoy launching systems
  • Aircraft Carried: 20-30 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
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