The second aircraft carrier of the Ford class of the United States has officially been completed by 75 percent since the shipbuilding crews placed the forward section of 827 tons of the ship.
Huntington Ingalls announced on Monday that the construction of the USS John F Kennedy is moving closer and closer to the finish line. The USS Kennedy will eventually join the USS Gerald Ford as the first two nuclear-class ships of the United States Navy fleet.
In late March, the Congressional Research Service reported that the USS Kennedy is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2024 and that US lawmakers allocated funds for the vessel of approximately 100,000 tons in 2013. The carrier will eventually receive up to 90 Fighter planes up and down the platform at any given point in time.
Sam LaGrone, a USNI News editor who has tracked the Ford program for several years, “the biggest difference between the Ford and Nimitz aircraft carriers of the previous generation is their ability to launch aircraft.”
“The whole aircraft carrier is designed around the idea that it can launch 30 percent more aircraft during a particular period than the Nimitz class,” the reporter said. “That is a kind of the central idea behind the Ford against the Nimitz.”
The advanced carrier presents new technologies that are still in their infancy, such as electromagnetic launch mechanisms to propel fixed-wing aircraft during take-off and at a rapid pace no less. This is part of the impetus of the program itself, as explained by the USNI News editor.
The president of EE. UU Donald Trump once told TIME magazine about a conversation he had with a Navy officer about his disappointment in the next-generation EMAL [Electromagnetic Airplane Launch] system, even though this component is one of the most technological advances important of the new ship.
You know that the catapult is quite important. Then I said ‘what is this?’ ‘Sir, this is our digital catapult system.’ He said well: ‘We’re going to this because we wanted to keep pace with modern [technology].’ I said ‘Do not you use the steam for the catapult anymore?’ ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘Oh, how is it working?’ Sir, it’s not good. Not good. It does not have the power. You know that steam is simply brutal. See that imbecile goes and steam goes everywhere, there are airplanes thrown into the air, “said Trump in a March 2017 interview with TIME.
It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to solve it. And I said: ‘And now they want to buy more aircraft carriers.’ I said, ‘What system are you going to be?’ «Sir, we are left with the digital». I said, ‘No, you will not. You go to hell, digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more and does not work, “recalled Trump.
As a result, the Navy is staying with EMALS or “digital,” as Trump called it. After years of delays in development, the USS Ford naval aviators literally jumped for joy after the first time EMALS helped take off the ship’s F / A-18.