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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wow CVN -21

US Navy's newest carrier design detailed in an excellent article from Defense Industry Daily looks at the follow on carriers after the interim carrier CVN-77 George H. Bush which is to incorporate some of the newer CVN-21 (21rst century) features as a test platform before full production. Hat Tip

When this carrier is launched as CVN-78 in 2014 it will replace our first nuclear powered carrier the USS Enterprise CVN 65, which was launched in 1960.

The new carrier will have three times the electrical generation capability, which of course will be needed for greater "computerization of tasks on the ship" and for new technologies including an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS), an Electromagnetic Aircraft Recovery System (EARS). Sounds pretty star wars huh??

If the Japanese can MAGLEV trains up to 400 mph surely our future aircraft will be MAGLEVed' off the flight decks. Currently, steam catapults only sling them to 125+ and the jet's afterburners do the rest.



  • At 12/15/2005 09:36:00 PM, Blogger RightsideVA said…

    Just another case of how war is oh so un-fair anymore and we should even the playing field by giving our enemies some of our secrets to make it more fair.
    Oh, yeah, forgot. Bill Clinton did that when he gave those nuclear secrets to the Chinese.....


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