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CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford - Specifications

Specifications
Design Agent / Builder Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va.
Other Key Industry Partners
  • Electric Boat - Ship Design
  • Bettis Laboratory - Reactor Plant Design
  • General Atomics - EMALS and AAG
  • Raytheon - Warfare System Engineering and Integration
  • General Electric - Main Propulsion Units
  • Northrop Grumman Marine Systems - Main Turbine Generators
  • Federal Equipment Company - Advanced Weapons Elevators
  • Service Life 50 years
    Key Dates Program Approval (Milestone B) 26 April 2004
    Defense Acquisition Board Program Review - FY 08
    Displacement approximately 100,000 long tons full load
    Displacement, Standard tons
    Overall Length 1092 ft / 333m
    Waterline Length 1040 ft
    Extreme Beam 256 ft / 78m
    Waterline Beam 134 ft / 40.8m
    Maximum Navigational Draft 39 ft / 7.8m
    Draft Limit 41 ft
    Propulsion Two nuclear reactors
    four shafts
    Auxiliary Systems All Electric (no steam distribution)
    9 - 1100 Ton Air Conditioning Plants
    4 - 125,000 gallon per day Reverse Osmosis Distilling Units
    30 - 1,000 gallon per minute Fire Pumps
    Electrical Capacity Threshold - 2.5X NIMITZ
    Objective - 3.0 X NIMITZ
    Speed 30+ knots (35+ miles per hour / 56+ km/h)
    Accommodations 4,297 - Officers: 508 Enlisted: 3789
    Accommodations 4,660 (ship, air wing and staff)
    2,500 to 2,700 Crew
    2,480 Aircrew [Approximately]
    70 Flag Staff
    Manpower Threshold - 500 reduction x NIMITZ
    Objective - 900 reduction x NIMITZ
    Armament
  • Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
  • Rolling Airframe Missile
  • CIWS
  • Aircraft 75+ 24 - F-35C
    12 - F/A-18E
    13 - F/A-18F
    6 - EF-18G
    6 - E-2D
    6 - MH-60R
    4 - MH-60S
    4 - N-UCAS
    Sortie Generation 30-day Sustained Air Plan
    Sorties/Day : Sustained: 160 - 220
    4-day Surge Air Plan
    Sorties/Day : Surge: 270 - 310
    Aircraft Elevators 3
    Hangar Bays 2
    Aircraft Launch 4 EMALS Electromagnetic Catapults
    Aircraft Recovery Advanced Arresting Gear (3 Wires plus Barricade)
    Surveillance Dual Band Radar (DBR)
    Major improvements CVN 78 Warfighting Capability Improvements:
  • 25 percent increase in sortie generation rate
  • Nearly 3 fold increase in electrical generating capacity
  • Increased operational availability
  • Survivability improvements
  • Integrated Warfare System
  • Restoration of Service Life Allowances

    CVN 78 Quality of Life Improvements
  • Improved Work Spaces, Berthing, Sanitary Facilities
  • Improved Food Service Operations
  • Increased Air Conditioning Capacity
  • Increased Training Capabilities

    CVN 78 Cost Reductions
  • Over $300 million reduction in procurement costs
  • Over $5 billion reduction in Life Cycle Costs
  • 1000-1200 billet reductions (ships crew and air wing)
  • New Technologies
  • New propulsion plant design that includes a 50 percent reduction in the number of personnel required for plant operation and maintenance.
  • Electromagnetic Catapults and Advanced Arresting Gear that support future airwing configurations including unmanned air vehicles.
  • Improvements in weapons and material handling designed to more efficiently move ordnance and material around the ship in support of flight operations.
  • Improved and enlarged flight deck to support a 25 percent increase in Sortie Generation Rate.
  • New smaller Island designed to accommodate the Dual Band Radar (DBR) developed by the DDG 1000 program.
  • New Integrated Warfare System including flexible ship infrastructure design improvements to support future mission adaptability and flexibility.


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