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Queen Elizabeth-class Aircraft Carrier

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth (CVF-01/R10) with its 2008 airwing.

The Queen Elizabeth-class Aircraft Carrier is a class of three aircraft carriers in service in the Royal Navy. They were built to replace the fleet carrier Ark Royal and three Invincible-class through deck cruisers.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Supercarrier
  • Service Period: 2007-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 980 feet (298.7 meters)
    • Beam (Overall): 240 feet (73.15 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 128 feet (39.01 meters)
    • Height: 184 feet (56.08 meters)
    • Draught: 36 feet (10.97 meters)
    • Displacement: 74,000 tons (Standard)
  • Crew: 2,600
  • Power: 220,000 shp
  • Propulsion:
    • 4 x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30 41MW gas turbines
    • 6 x Wärtsilä 38 diesel generators,
    • 8 x Converteam 20 MW Advanced Induction Motors
    • 4 x shafts
  • Range: 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 kilometers)
  • Speed: 30+ knots (55.56+ km/h)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Thales S1850M Long Range Radar
    • BAe Systems Artisan 3D Maritime Medium Range Radar
    • Ultra Electronics Series 2500 Electro Optical System
    • Ultra Electronic Glide Path Camera
  • Countermeasures:
    • UAT Mod2.1 Electronic Surveillance System
    • S2170 Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System
    • Naval Decoy IDS300
  • Armament
    • 4 x 30mm DS30M Mk.2 autocannons
    • 3 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 65 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters
  • Aircraft Supported: F/A-18C/D Hornet, Eurofighter Typhoon RN.3/5, F-35C Lightning II, E-2 Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler, S-3 Viking, C-2 Greyhound, AW101 Merlin, AW159 Wildcat, MV-22B Osprey
  • Aviation Facilities: 545x110x33 foot (166.12x33.53x10.06 meter) hangar, 3 x EMALS, 2 x aircraft lifts

Unit Run[edit]

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth (CVF-01/R10)
  • HMS Prince of Wales (CVF-02/R11)
  • HMS Ark Royal (CVF-03/R12) - under construction
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