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Charles de Gaulle  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 1
Origin: France
Corporations: DCNS
Parent System: Charles de Gaulle
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 1
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Description: The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has been designed to carry up to 40 aircraft between E-2C, Super Etendard, Rafale M, AS565 and NH90. The Senit combat system provides the ship with the capability to track up to 2,000 targets. The SAAM comprising the ASTER 15 missile and the Arabel fire control radar is the main self-defense system against airborne attacks. The ship is powered by two K15 pressurized water nuclear reactors.

The Charles de Gaulle nuclear aircraft carrier features reduced radar cross section (stealth), integrated weapon systems and sensors, and hardened structures for improved survivability against weapon impact. Employing its aircraft the Charles de Gaulle will be able to perform land attack, nuclear deterrent and anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. In addition, this ship will act as the cornerstone of the French naval forces.

Charles de Gaulle Specifications

Crew: 1,959
Beam: 65 meter (213 foot)
Length: 262 meter (860 foot)
Total Combined Power: 80,000 shp (60 MW)
Top Speed: 13.9 mps (27.0 knot)
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Full Displacement: 40,600 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Charles de Gaulle News

There are 16 news between
13 Nov 2003 and 5 May 2017
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Friday, May 5, 2017French Navy to Upgrade Three La Fayette Class Frigates
Monday, February 17, 2014Thales IFF Selected for French Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier and Horizon Frigates
Tuesday, September 10, 2013Sagem to Modernize Charles de Gaulle's Navigation and Alignment System
Friday, October 5, 2012French Navy Qualifies AM39 Exocet Anti-Ship Missile on Rafale M
Wednesday, May 19, 2010EADS, DCNS and Rohde & Schwarz Receive Go-Ahead to Implement RIFAN Stage 2 for French Navy
Monday, December 1, 2008DCNS Completes Charles de Gaulle Refit and Upgrade
Tuesday, July 1, 2008Rafale Standard F3 Achieves Operational Qualification
Friday, January 5, 2007DCN wins five-year �287m contract to support CVN Charles de Gaulle
Friday, December 23, 2005Full Range of Rafale M Weapons Tested on Charles de Gaulle
Wednesday, May 25, 2005SAAM-FR Validated after First Salvo Firing from Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 11
Cannons & Gear
Combat Aircraft
Rafale Mx36
Defensive Weapons
Aster 15x32
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
E-2C Hawkeyex4

Charles de Gaulle Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
R91 Charles de Gaulle-2001-

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