The possible future Aircraft Carrier
Would the future aircraft carrier be optimized for a stealth warship with their latest Zumwalt-class destroyers?
This would keep aircraft carriers relevant in the future. The model shown in the picture has a length of 302 meters a max bean of 78 meters and a displacement (when fully loaded) of around 82,000 tons. It has two flight decks in a CATOBAR configuration, using the US electromagnetic (EMALS) launch system to launch aircraft. The lower flight deck can be used to launch and store UCAVs and manned aircraft, while the exposed upper flight deck can be used as an extra deck if necessary, to launch manned aircraft. Aircraft can only land on the angled landing strip on the upper deck. Which has a retractable designed arresting gear only exposed when aircraft must land on the carrier, in order to minimize radar reflection when no aircraft nee to be recovered.
The airwing would carry a mix of up to 120 5h and 6th generation (rotary – and fixed wing) aircraft and UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles). It would also have laser weapons (in addition to AD missiles), stored in stealthy weapon pods for close in self-defense.
The ship would be highly automated, reducing the crew needed to operate the ship to around 450, creating more room to each crew member, as well as more space to carry extra fuel, weapons, payload, and aircraft. The ship also houses cyberwarfare rooms with some of the world’s most powerful servers on board.
Information taken from indewflavour