France studying future replacement aircraft carrier

France will replace their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and plan to make a decision on the replacement aircraft carrier at the start of 2020.

They will take 18 months for a study to determine what and how they want their future aircraft carrier to be.

They will assess the size requirements, propulsion options – both conventional and nuclear – and aircraft-launching capabilities. It will be able to launch a planned new Franco-German fighter jet.

The French navy recently completed an 18-month mid-life upgrade of the Charles de Gaulle. It was used to support operations against Islamic State militants in the Levant region. Its battle group is due to return to sea in the first quarter of 2019.

France had budgeted three billion euro and studied a second aircraft carrier from 2008-2013. The project was canceled in 2013. The PA2 carrier was going to be about 75000 tons. It was going to be similar to the just completed British Aircraft carrier.

* The carrier’s propulsion system was expected to be an integrated full electric propulsion (IFEP) based on two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines. The carrier would have had a range of approximately 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km).
* PA2 would have used the same 90 meters (300 ft) long C13-2 steam catapults as those installed on the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers of the United States Navy.

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