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The Illustrious (NR-01) at sea.

The Illustrious-class, often known as the Illustrious II-class to distinguish them from the earlier class of the same name, were two nuclear-powered supercarriers of the Royal Navy, HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal, the first ships in the world to use nuclear power. The Admiralty originally planned to build six Illustrious-class carriers but the remaining four ships were never lad down due to cost overruns during the construction of Illustrious and Ark Royal. They are 1,125 feet (342.9 meters) in length and can carry around 100 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1961 - Present

Characteristics:

  • Length: 1125 feet (342.9 meters)
  • Beam: 257.2 feet ( 78.4 meters)
  • Draft: 39 feet (12 meters)
  • Displacement: 93,000 tons (Standard);
  • Crew: 5,828 Maximum

Propulsion:

  • 8 Rolls-Royce PWR1 Nuclear Reactor
  • 4 Parsons Geared Steam Turbines
  • 4 Propeller shafts
  • 220,000shp (164MW)
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Speed: 33 knots
  • Sensor Suite:
  • Type 988 3D Air-Surveillance Radar
  • Type 965Q Long-Range Aircraft Warning Radar
  • Type 1022 Long-Range Surveillance Radar (Refit)
  • Type 974 Navigation Radar
  • Type 1008 Navigation Radar (Refit)
  • Type 996 3D Surveillance Radar (Refit)
  • Type 987 Height Finding Radar
  • Type 963 Carrier Approach Radar
  • Type 986 Radar
  • Type 993 Medium Range Radar
  • Countermeasures:
    • Rheinmetall Multi-Ammunition Softkill System
    • Sea Gnat decoy
    • Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System

Armament:

  • Early 1960s - None (Original)
  • Late 1960s - 4x 8-cell Launcher – 32x Sea Flash
  • 1970s Refit - 4x 8-cell Launcher – 32x Sea Flash, 4x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • 2000s Refit - 4x 8-cell Launcher – 32x Sea Flash, 3x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS, 1x 6-cell GWS.25-Mod.3 - 16x SeaWolf-Block 2
  • Armour:
  • 8-inch aluminium belt – Armoured Flight Deck, Hangar, Magazines and Reactor
  • Aircraft Carried: 100
  • Aviation Facilities: 4 Steam Catapults

Unit Run[]

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