£3.2bn giant carrier deals signed
The Ministry of Defence has signed contracts worth £3.2bn to build the UK's biggest ever aircraft carriers.
The 280-metre-long HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.
The contracts will create or secure 3,000 jobs at Govan, in Glasgow, 1,600 at Rosyth, in Fife, 1,200 in Portsmouth and 400 in Barrow in Furness.
The defence secretary said the vessels were needed to launch military strikes and humanitarian operations.
HMS Queen Elizabeth will come into service in 2014 and HMS Prince of Wales in 2016. The total cost of both vessels, including additional features like electronics, will be almost £4bn.
Each ship will be a similar size to the ocean liner, the QE2, with a flight deck the size of three football pitches.
This will make them more than three times the size of the existing Invincible-class carriers.
The two aircraft carriers will provide our forces with the world-class capabilities they will need over the coming decades," he said.
"They will support peace-keeping and conflict prevention, as well as our strategic operational priorities."
Speaking in Govan, Mr Browne said the carriers would provide "very large floating bases for the Navy and the RAF", entirely under "sovereign control".
"They will allow us to project force," he said. "But they will also allow us to make a contribution to the protection of the sea lanes of the world, because as a trading nation we rely on those being secure."
Although both will eventually carry the new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, those will not be ready on time for when the ships enter service.
This means that at first, the ships will carry the ageing Harrier aircraft instead.
Do you think the British goverment should have found a way to adapt Eurofighter for carrier use?
or do you think......the Joint Strike Fighter is the way to go....even though they will not be ready for the carriers?
Crew: 1 (Typhoon F2) or 2 (Typhoon T1)
Length: 15.96 m (52 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 10.95 m (35 ft 11 in)
Height: 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
Wing area: 50 m² (540 ft²)
Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
Loaded weight: 15,550 kg (34,280 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 23,000 kg (51,809 lb)
Powerplant: 2× Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
Dry thrust: 60 kN (13,500 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 90 kN (20,250 lbf) each
At altitude: Mach 2 (2,120 km/h, 1,320 mph)
At sea level: Mach 1-1.2 (1,460 km/h, 910 mph)
Supercruise: Mach 1.5 (1,593 km/h, 990 mph) 
Range: 1,390 km (864 mi)
Ferry range: 3,790 km (2,300 mi)
Service ceiling 19,812 m (65,000 ft)
Rate of climb: >315 m/s[verification needed] (62,007 ft/min)
Wing loading: 311 kg/m² (63.7 lb/ft²)
Gun: 1x 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon
Air-to-Air missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-132 ASRAAM, AIM-120 AMRAAM, IRIS-T and in the future MBDA Meteor
Air-to-Ground missiles: AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-88 HARM, ALARM, Storm Shadow (AKA "Scalp EG"), Brimstone, Taurus KEPD 350, Penguin and in the future AGM Armiger
Bombs: Paveway 2, Paveway 3, Enhanced Paveway, JDAM, HOPE/HOSBO
Laser designator, e.g. LITENING pod
Joint Strike Fighter specs
-35A (CTOL) Conventional take-off and landing for US Air Force
F-35B (STOVL) Short take-off and landing for US Marine Corps, and the UK Navy and Air Force
F-35C (CV) Carrier variant for US Navy
CTOL and STOVL Length 15.4m
CTOL and STOVL Height 4.6m
CTOL and STOVL Wingspan 10.6m
CV Length 15.5m
CV Height 4.6m
CV Wingspan 13.1m
Turbofan Engines P&W F135
Maximum Take-Off Weight 27,216kg
Maximum Speed Mach 1.8
Air-to-Air Missiles 2 x AIM-120 AMRAAM
Bombs 2 x JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) 1,000lb precision air-to-surface munition
Gun 1 x 27mm (not on STOVL)
I think you are "very silly."
Why do you always argue for argements sake???.....Look...our carriers made it through the cold war with the Soviets fine......do you think this was luck???...you have got to be more intelligent then that surley:D....Unless nations are ready for war they are not going to attack a ship like that......as for China or Russia attacking ......well yeah in the future.....maybe...who knows???:rolleyes:....but we will cross that bridge when we come to it....who the f uck are you ...Mystic Meg??....Warships on the open ocean are ready for any eventuality...and its most poitent defence is its aircraft......
OK ive got a good one....... lets not bother buliding these ships incase they get attacked:rolleyes::D
its like not buying a Benz incase it gets into a traffic jam.....do you know the definition of WARSHIP???
Look at the Falklands conflict........we had the right things in place.....and no carrier got touched.....granted that was a conflict...and the carriers got protection
but hey.....we could always go into carrier protection aswell if you want???
........turn a corner man.... or jog on.......or at least be construtive if your ramberling
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