With laser weapons coming, the US Navy’s newest super carrier has space and power to spare

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(Worthy News) – The is U.S. Navy desperately trying to get away from shooting down anti-ship missiles with other missiles, and the carrier Gerald R. Ford could prove useful in the pursuit of alternatives.

A major difference with Ford over its Nimitz-class predecessors is its twin A1B reactors that produce more than three times the electrical power of the reactors on Nimitz: More than 100 megawatts.

That means Ford, with survivability questions looming over aircraft carriers generally, can support large power-sucking equipment such as lasers, according to Capt. J.J. Cummings, the Ford’ commanding officer. [ Source: Defense News (Read More…) ]

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