A French Parliamentary report about the future French Aircraft Carrier has said that studies are underway to analyse the implications of a dedicated landing spot for F-35B aircraft.
French Parliamentary report about the future French Aircraft Carrier : « Regarding the Royal Navy and the navies equipped with F35B fighters (…), studies are underway to analyze the implications of a dedicated landing spot » https://t.co/FrmekjXCIG pic.twitter.com/XZNECNm7oC
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The full section, titled ‘Interoperability with our allies’, from the report reads (translated by Google Translate) as follows:
“A strategic prerequisite, interoperability represents a centerpiece in military dialogue, even in peacetime. Thus, by the place that the aircraft carrier occupies in our contacts with the American armed forces, it constitutes a real rebalancing factor in the trilateral relationship with the United States and the United Kingdom, in the face of the special bond that unites them. .
Designed for a high level of interoperability, the GAN holds a very strong potential for cooperation opportunity, particularly within the aircraft carrier escort, made up of at least three frigates, a tanker and a sub -nuclear attack navy, and expandable depending on the mission and threat status. Due to the level of excellence required to integrate into the extremely complex operations that the GAN can conduct, participation in the aircraft carrier escort is highly sought after by Allied navies, especially European navies. These demanding operational experiences and these infrequent opportunities for high-end engagement, as during the Clemenceau deployment in 2019 and Foch in 2020, forge very close links with our allies and draw them to a level of excellence that is valuable for designing the coalition operations of tomorrow.
On the PA-Ng, interoperability with the US Navy will be based in particular on the installation of electromagnetic catapults and stop wires identical to those fitted to the USS Ford . Concerning the Royal Navy and the navies equipped with F35B fighters with short runway take-off and vertical landing, studies are underway to analyze the implications of a dedicated landing spot.”
The Future French Aircraft Carrier
For more on the Future French aircraft carrier, I recommend reading ‘What We Know About France’s Future Aircraft Carrier’ by Xavier Vavasseur , this can be found here.