Cavour-class aircraft carrier

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Builder:
Planned:
1
Completed:
1
Commissioned:
Complement:
1202
Displacement:
30000 t
Length:
244 m
Beam:
39 m
Propulsion:
  • COGAG scheme
  • 2 * shafts
  • 4 * General Electric/Avio LM2500+ gas turbines providing 88,000 kW (118,000 bhp)
  • 6 * diesel generators Wärtsila CW 12V200 13,200 kW (17,700 bhp)
Speed:
29 knots
Range:
7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Electronics:
  • Selex RAN-40L 3D L-band long-range radar
  • Selex ES EMPAR (SPY-790) multifunction radar
  • Selex ES RAN-30X/I RASS (SPS-791) surface radar
  • 2 * SELEX ES RTN-25X Orion, fire direction radars
  • PAR (Precision Approach Radar) Selex ES MM/SPN-720
  • PALS (Precision Approach and Landing System) Telephonics AN/SPN-41A
  • 2 * GEM Elettronica MM/SPN-753(v)10 navigation radars
  • Selex ES SIR-R/S IFF system
  • TACAN SRN-15 A
  • WASS SNA-2000 Mine Avoidance Sonar (Leonardo Thesan)
  • 2 * Selex ES IRST SASS (Silent Acquisition and Surveillance System)
  • GEM Elettronica IRST EOSS-100
  • underwater telephone
  • Elettronica Spa NETTUNO-4100 ECM System
  • EW System (RESM/CESM, RECM)
Armament:
  • 4 * 8-cell A-43 Sylver launchers carrying the MBDA Aster 15 surface-to-air missile
  • 2 * Oto Melara 76/62 mm Strales guns
  • 3 * Oerlikon Contraves 25/80 mm Anti-aircraft guns
  • 2 * ODLS-H/ODLS OTO Melara decoy launching systems
Aircraft:
  • 10 * AV-8B Harrier IIs and
  • 12 * AgustaWestland AW101

The Cavour-class aircraft carrier has highly flexible operational capabilities, which enable to carry out the functions of an aircraft carrier, as well as transport wheeled and tracked vehicles.

The vessel is equipped with a flight deck designed for operating with helicopters and V/ STOL aircraft. There is also a hangar/garage of 2,500m². The ship’s conventional non-nuclear plant propulsion system is the most powerful (88 MW) built to date, and her controllable pitch propellers are at the cutting edge of naval technology.

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