List of New Aircraft Carriers That Are Under Construction (US, UK, China, India, Japan, Italy)
Building an aircraft carrier is a long and difficult process. one aircraft carrier costs billions of dollars and takes years to complete. Today we will share with you List of New Aircraft Carriers That Are Under Construction right now
1) List of United States of America Aircraft carrier under construction right now
The U.S. Navy currently operates eleven aircraft carriers, the ten carriers of the older Nimitz class and the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the Ford-class carriers.
USS John F. Kennedy
Ford-class carriers will eventually replace the older Nimitz ships. The second ship in the class, USS John F. Kennedy, was reported by Huntington Ingalls Industries as fifty percent structurally complete as of July 2017
The third ship, USS Enterprise, began advanced construction on August 24th, 2017. Talks are underway to award the contract for the fourth unnamed ship.
In addition to aircraft carriers, the U.S. Navy is constructing an America-class amphibious assault ship USS Bougainville
USS Bougainville is an America-class ship
It will operate a mix of U.S. Marine Corps attack, transport, and utility helicopters, Osprey tilt-rotor transports, and the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter
2) List of China Aircraft carrier under construction right now
In 2012 china commissioned its first aircraft carrier for training “Liaoning”
China quickly began construction of a second carrier, known only as 001A and Launched in 2017
Meanwhile, a third carrier, 002, is currently fitting out at the Jiangnan Changxingdao Shipyards at Shanghai.
002 will be considerably larger than the previous two carriers though still only eighty percent the size of the Ford-class carriers.
3) List of United Kingdom Aircraft carrier under construction right now
The Royal Navy is quickly building two Aircraft carrier carriers.
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The first carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was commissioned in 2017 and is awaiting the F-35B Joint Strike Fighters that will make up her air wing, which should be ready by 2020.
HMS Prince of Wales
The second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was floated out of construction dock in late December 2017 and will undergo sea trials in 2019.
4) List of India Aircraft carrier under construction right now
The Indian Navy currently sails one carrier, INS Vikramaditya.
A second carrier, Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 (IAC-1), began construction in 2005.
Its name is INS Vikrant . project will complete in 2020.
5) List of Italy Aircraft carrier under construction right now
In 2017, Italian defense contractor Fincantieri began construction of the Trieste, a new amphibious assault ship.
Similar to the America-class amphibious ships but at 803 feet long smaller than its U.S. Navy counterparts
Trieste will be designed to transport and land a battalion of Italy’s San Marco marine regiment.
Trieste is designed to carry transport helicopters and a decision will be made later on whether or not to accommodate the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Italy already has one carrier, the Cavour, which will embark on the F-35B.
6) List of south Korea Aircraft carrier under construction right now
South Korea has one amphibious assault ship with a full-length flight deck, Dokdo, commissioned into the Republic of Korea Navy in 2007.
A second long-planned ship, Marado, finally began construction in 2017.
A third ship, Baengnyeong, is projected but has not yet begun construction.
In December 2017 South Korea, like Japan, also reported interest in flying the F-35B off its Dokdo-class ships. Like Japan’s ships, the Dokdo vessels will need extensive upgrades to make this conversion a reality.
7) List of Japan Aircraft carrier under construction right now
In late 2017, Japanese news outlets reported Tokyo was considering modifying its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, Izumo and Kaga, to fly the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
The two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, with their full-length flight decks, aircraft elevators, and expansive hangars are pretty much aircraft carriers in all but name. The 813 foot long ships could probably carry six to eight F-35Bs, although the ships would need modifications to increase storage for weapons, fuel, and a thermoresistant coating on the flight deck to withstand intense heat from the F-35B’s engines.