BAe and Thales Proposed to Build new British Carriers

Released on Thursday, January 30, 2003
United Kingdom
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BAe - British Aerospace
MoD - Ministry of Defence
UK - United Kingdom
Following detailed analysis of BAe Systems and Thales UK proposals for the CVF program, the MoD has decided that both companies will jointly design and build the 2 new aircraft carriers.

That decision is due to achieve CVF's requirements with the expertise of both companies in different areas. The partnership would be led by BAe Systems as Primer Contractor, while Thales UK would be the Key Supplier. Both companies seem to agree with that decision.

Work will now be carried through to Spring 2004, when the final decision for CVF investment is scheduled. Building work for 2 CVF carriers will involve 4 shipyards: BAe Systems at Govan, Vosper Thornycroft at Portsmouth, Swan Hunter at Tyneside and Babcock BES at Roysth.

The whole CVF initiative is worth £2.7 billion, about $4 billion.

The two vessels, which are expected to displace about 60,000 tons each, will be the largest and powerful ships ever built in the United Kingdom. These ships will be equipped with the stealthy F-35 fighter.

The first CVF carrier will enter service in 2012 and the second one in 2015. The CVF carriers will supersede Royal Navy's Invincible-class all-deck cruisers, currently 3 ships in service.


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