LPM 2023: Is a second aircraft carrier possible for the French Navy?

If there is a divisive subject both at the level of the General Staffs and the political class in France, it is the question of the aircraft carrier. However, the situation is paradoxical, since there are only two Marines on the planet with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which are moreover equipped with catapults and arresters allowing them to deploy a wide range of devices. . As for the other navies, they must be content with aircraft carriers or aircraft carriers armed with short or vertical take-off aircraft such as the F-35 and the Harrier, or capable of employing a springboard such as the Mig-29 or the D-15, this being done to the detriment of the load...

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What solutions to increase the availability of the French Naval Air Group in the face of operational needs?

In December 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of a new aircraft carrier program for the French Navy. Intended to replace the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle by 2038, this new ship, which we do not know to date whether it will include one or two buildings, will be much larger than its predecessor, with a length of 300 meters and a displacement of 70.000 tons, against 261,5 meters and 42.500 tons for the Charles de Gaulle

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What will be the capabilities of the future Chinese Type 003 aircraft carrier?

It has now been a year since the first blocks of China's future Type 003 aircraft carrier were moved from their assembly area to the dry dock at Jiangnan Shipyards in Shanghai, and the new ship is now taking shape as observations by Chinese spotters, especially when they take a commercial flight passing over these industrial facilities. Thus, last week, pictures showed that the ship had received its island, and that the entire hull had been finalized, allowing to have a more precise idea of ​​what this ship will be, of its operational capacities...

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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The program of the new aircraft carrier of the French Navy soon officially launched

Since its admission to service in May 2001, the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has traveled a distance of more than 30 round the world, and spent nearly 2500 days at sea. With its air group of nearly 30 aircraft including 24 hunters Rafale, It has established itself as a major naval unit for France and for Europe, and has intervened in all the conflicts in which France has participated over this period: Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Syria. It has undeniably demonstrated the operational and also diplomatic efficiency that such a ship represents for a country like France. So…

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