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INVINCIBLE CLASS AIRCRAFT CARRIER

HMS Illustrious HMS Illustrious Ministry of Defense
  • Ships in class:
    NAME NUMBER LAUNCHED COMMISSIONED DECOMMISSIONED
    HMS Invincible R 05 3 May 1977 11 July 1980 3 August 2005
    HMS Illustrious R 06 1 December 1978 20 June 1982 2014
    HMS Ark Royal R 07 2 June 1981 1 November 1985 11 March 2011
  • Length:
    • 210 meters
  • Beam:
    • 36 meters
  • Draft:
    • 7.6 meters
  • Displacement:
    • 22,000 tons
  • Propulsion:
    • COGAG (COmbined Gas And Gas)
    • 4 Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines
  • Electric power:
    • 8 diesel-generator Paxman Valenta
  • Speed:
    • 28 knots
  • Range:
    • 5.000 NM at 18 knots
  • Complement:
    • Crew:650
    • Air group: 350
    • Landing Force500
  • Sensors:
    • Air radar: BAE Type 996
    • Surface radar: Signaal Type 1022
    • Navigation radar: 2 Kelvin Hughes Type 1007
    • Precision approach radar : Finmeccanica SPN-720
    • TACAN TRN 26(M)
  • ESM/ECM:
    • Thales UAT Mod. 1
  • Countermeasures:
    • 8 Sea Gnat 130mm
    • SLQ-25 Nixie towed decoy
  • Systems:
    • Combat System: ADAWS 20 Ed. 3
    • Data Link-11
    • Data Link-16
    • WECDIS (Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System)
    • AIS (Automatic Identification System)
    • CSS (Command Support System)
    • Communications system: BOWMAN
  • Weapons:
    • 3 CIWS (Close-in Weapon System) Signaal Goalkeeper
    • 2 Oerlikon/BMARC GAM-BO1 of 20 mm.
  • Aircraft carried:
    • Capacity up to 22 aircraft including Sea King Mk.4, Westland Lynx Mk. 7, CH-47 Chinook, Apache, Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin

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