French MoD Launches Second Aircraft Carrier Design Phase


Released on Wednesday, January 26, 2005
France
Charles de Gaulle
PA 2
DGA - Délégation Générale pour l'Armement
MoD - Ministry of Defence
The French Minister of Defense, Michele Alliot-Marie, announced the green light for the design phase of French Navy's second aircraft carrier, also known as PA2. This phase will focus on ship's concept definition paving the way for production works to begin in 2006.

The PA2 has been scheduled to join the French fleet by 2014 complementing Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier currently in active duty. This decision also marks the end of the preparatory study phase which has been conducted by Thales and DCN companies and the French Ministry of Defense (MoD). The preparatory study was aimed to provide risk reduction for the project as well as assessment on the suitability of a conventional propulsion for the PA2.

DGA, French Defense Procurement Agency, will now assign a 100 million Euro (approx $130 million) contract to an industry team led by Thales Naval France (35%) and DCN (65%) to conduct the design phase. Alstom-Chantiers de l'Atlantique and EADS will be also involved in the project.

Under the design phase, it will be established the opportunities of cooperation between the French and British aircraft carrier programs before the end of summer. The conventional propulsion selection for the PA2 was deemed to be an important step from the French government backing the European Defense policy due to added interoperability with Royal Navy's conventional-powered aircraft carriers.

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