Here’s why USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN-78) Aircraft Carrier costs more than $13 billion?


our Navy remains a symbol of the United
States of our dedicated and skilled sailors of our technological genius and
our massive but control military strength which patrols the oceans of the
world on a mission ford-class super carriers are being
built to replace some of the United States Navy’s existing nimitz-class
carriers from 2016 the ships of this class are expected to be in service with
the US Navy until 2065 the carriers have been envisaged to be more efficient and
future-proof the first ship of this class is USS Gerald R for CBN 78 it’s
the costly a single military asset in the world there are lots of speculations
and misinformation about its cost a proper detailed research is required to
put things into perspective in this video this analyzed why Gerald r4 cost
more than thirteen billion dollars the first platform of every class of weapons
cost the most this is because of the fact that a huge amount of research has
to be done and totally new technologies have to be developed once the first
platform is finished the next sets can be constructed by simply copying the
technologies of the first also the construction processes are streamlined
and cost get reduced as more the same things are built Ford being the first of
its class has been so costly to construct John F Kennedy CBN 79 and
Enterprise CBN 80 the next ships in this class are expected to cost significantly
less Ford uses extensive automation and this
is jacked up initial acquisition cost but this will help to reduce the future
operating cost for example Ford class carriers total only twenty six hundred
sailors about seven hundred fewer than a Nimitz class considering the 50 years
lifespan of the carrier this will translate to billions of dollars in
saving this will also mean that there will be a lesser chance of any issues or
accents due to human errors the viewer may note that recently US Navy has
suffered a series of setbacks due to collisions caused mainly due to human
error nimitz-class carriers launch planes using steam actuated catapults
the system requires a lot of steam piping a large condensate return and
tons of freshwater they tend to require quite a bit of maintenance plus with
steam catapults the majority of the force gets transferred to the airplane
at the beginning of the stroke in a jolt this puts stress on an airframe and thus
reduces the life span of the multi-million dollar planes ford-class
uses electromagnetic aircraft Launch System iman’s the first to do so the
system uses linear induction motor with an electric current to generate a
magnetic field that field then propels a carriage down a trend since the power
delivery is linear it negates the deficiencies of the steam catapult this
will also be more suitable for launching next generation fighters as well as
drones the current system installed in
nimitz-class carriers relies on hydraulics to catch the landing aircraft
but the system stops the aircraft with a sudden jolt this also puts stress on the
airframe and degrades the life of aircraft especially lightweight crafts
like UAVs but Ford uses very advanced electromagnetic landing gear because of
which the deceleration and final stop of the aircraft are smooth the heart of any
aircraft carriers are the nuclear reactors which provide the required
power ford-class has newly designed reactors to bechtel a 1b nuclear
reactors are installed on each ford-class carrier each one of these is
capable of producing 300 megawatts of electricity triple the 100 megawatts of
each nimitz-class the huge power supply enables for future expansions like
inducting laser guns also compared to the nimitz-class reactor the ford
reactor have about half as many valves piping major pumps condensers and
generators which reduce maintenance cost and lower space requirements Ford has very advanced integrated active
electronically scanned array search and tracking radar system the dual band
radar DVR uses a multi-tier dual band tracker which consists of a local Axman
tracker a local s band tracker and a central trainer the central tracker
merges the two signals to provide a comprehensive situational awareness this
new system has no moving parts therefore minimizes maintenance and
Manning requirements also the island is kept smaller by replacing 6 to 10 radar
antennas with a single six based radar the x-band tracker is optimized for low
latency to support its mission of providing defense against fast
low-flying missiles while the s-band trackers optimized for large area cover
so radar is an all arounder and is one of the best in the world

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