Thursday, January 12, 2017

MoD confirms details of the planes for the new carriers

The Ministry of Defence have clarified the details regarding the complement of aircraftto be carried by the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

By the time the carriers are fully operational they will have a large and diverse complement of jets and helicopters.

Merlin helicopters will be the first aircraft to begin flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth, soon followed by Apache, Wildcat, Chinook and F-35 in 2018.

Merlins will start simple flight activities from the deck of the supercarrier later in 2017 and the UK is on target for its new F-35B aircraft to reach initial operating capability by 2018 and expects to have 24 of the jets available for service on the carrier by the year 2023.

According to the Ministry of Defence:

“We are fully committed to both the F-35 and the Queen Elizabeth Carrier programmes -both of which are on track to enter initial maritime operating capability in December 2020 as planned.

We expect Queen Elizabeth carrier to commence sea trials in 2017, and have been clear that UK F-35 aircraft will begin flying from Queen Elizabeth in 2018.”

More details on the UK Defence Journal site here.

1 comment:

Jim said...

still think they should have been nuclear powered and had cats and traps for real jets