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Queen Elizabeth  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 7 December 2017
Total Production: 2
Unitary Cost: GBP£3.0 billion   (USD$3.7 billion)
Also Known As: CVF
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: Babcock Marine, BAE Systems*, BVT Surface Fleet, Edmund Nuttall Limited, Kellogg Brown & Root and Thales*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: CVF
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 7 December 2017
Total Production: 2
Total Cost: GBP£6.0 billion   (USD$7.4 billion)
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Description: The Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) program calls for a replacement for current Invincible-class aircraft carriers, also called all-deck cruisers, by 2012. Two larger more capable aircraft carrier will be constructed under CVF program with up to 46 aircraft onboard. The CVF carrier will be capable of operate both F-35B and V/STOL F-35C aircraft. The CVF will be able to accommodate future aircraft due to its planned long service life of about 50 years.

The CVF carrier will no feature catapult and arresting recovery system but installation of these sub-systems will be possible in the future due to design flexibility. The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom estimates the production costs of 2 CVF-carriers approximately in £2.7 billion ($4 billion). The first CVF will achieve operational capability in 2014 and the second in 2016.

On 11 February 2005, UK MoD selected Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd (KBR) to act as the preferred 'Physical Integrator' on the future aircraft carrier (CVF) project. After October 2010 budget cuts the program was delayed two years with the UK to operate only the second aircraft carrier after 2019. As of July 2014, the Royal Navy plans for the first ship sea trials in 2017 and flight trials with the F-35B in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth Specifications

Crew: 679
Number of Aircraft: 28
Troops: 1,000
Dimensions
Beam: 73 meter (240 foot)
Draft: 11 meter (36.1 foot)
Length: 284 meter (932 foot)
Ship's Height: 56 meter
Speed
Top Speed: 25 knot (12.9 mps)
Time
Days at Sea Over a Year: 200 day
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Service Life: 50 year
Weight
Full Displacement: 65,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Queen Elizabeth News

There are 41 news between
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Thursday, November 15, 2018UK MoD Orders 17 Additional F-35B Jets Through 2022
Thursday, August 30, 2018UK F-35B Aircraft Equipped with ASRAAM Missiles Takes to the Skies
Wednesday, June 6, 2018First Four Royal Air Force F-35B Jets Arrive to UK
Thursday, May 24, 2018First ComMando Merlin Mk4 Helicopter Delivered to UK Royal Marines
Thursday, December 7, 2017Royal Navy Commissions HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier
Wednesday, September 6, 2017United Kingdom Launches Type 31e Frigate
Monday, January 16, 2017Japan and UK to Develop New Air-to-Air Missile for F-35 Stealth Fighter
Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers to Deploy Crowsnest Helicopter Surveillance System
Thursday, May 28, 2015UK and US Test F-35B Lightning II Jets at Sea
Friday, May 22, 2015Royal Navy Unveils Crowsnest Surveillance System for Future Aircraft Carriers

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United Kingdom2
YearHoldings
Dec 20171

Grand Total 21
Combat Aircraft
F-35B Lightning IIx24
F-35C Lightning IIx24
Propulsion Systems
MT30x4
Sensor Systems
ARTISAN 3Dx1
S1850Mx1
Support Aircraft
EH101 Merlinx4

Queen Elizabeth Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
R08 HMS Queen Elizabeth4 Jul 20147 Dec 20172019
R09 HMS Prince Of Wales8 Sep 20172020-

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