top 5 best aircraft carrier in the word 2020
Which is the best aircraft carrier in the world? Which is the greatest modern aircraft carrier and why? Our Top 10 analysis is based on the combined score of size, displacement, airwing, offensive and defensive weapons and other features.
This list also includes aircraft carriers, that are currently under construction, but will enter service within the next couple of years.
Currently top 10 deadliest aircraft carriers in the world are these:
1. Ford class (USA)
The Ford class is a successor to the Nimitz class. These are the largest and most powerful warships ever built. First aircraft carrier of the class is expected to be commissioned with the US Navy in 2017. It is expected that a total of 9-10 new Ford class aircraft carriers will be built. These will replace the Nimitz and Improved Nimitz class warships. The Ford class aircraft carriers will be the mainstay of the US Navy's power projection throughout the 21st century.
Hull design of the Ford class is similar to that of the Nimitz class. The new aircraft carriers have a smaller, redesigned and more stealthy island. The new aircraft carriers have the same displacement as the previous Nimitz class, but are fitted with more automated and efficient systems.
Each of these vessels will carry an airwing that will include 85 fixed-wing aircraft, VSTOL aircraft, helicopters, or unmanned aerial vehicles. These will include F-35B/C and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multi-role fighters, EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft, MH-60R and MH-60S naval helicopters. It is larger and more powerful force than complete air force of many nations. By operating these aircraft carriers United States will remain unchallenged sea force on earth throughout the 21st century.
Defensive weapons of the Ford class include two launchers with 16 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) each. These missiles are used against incoming high-speed, maneuveing anti-ship missiles. It also has two launchers with 21 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) that are also used against anti-ship missiles at close range. Also there are four 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems.
2. Improved Nimitz class (USA)
A total of 10 of these supercarriers were built, including 3 Nimitz class ships and 7 Improved Nimitz class ships. These have been the largest warships built and in service.
These nuclear-powered aircraft carriers can carry about 80 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. These ships operate F/A-18E/F Super Hornets multi-role fighters, F/A-18C Hornets ground attack aircraft, EA-6B Prowlers electronic warfare aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft, C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft and various helicopters for utility, transport and anti-submarine warfare operations.
These supercarriers typically operate over 60 aircraft and helicopters. However surge capacity is 130 F/A-18 Hornets.
These supercarriers have automated self-defence systems against anti-ship cruise missiles by integrating and co-coordinating the ship's weapon and electronic warfare systems.
In the forthcomming decades all of these vessels are due to be replaced by the new Ford class aircraft carriers.