NAVAL GROUP WELCOMES DEAL TO BUILD NEW FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The Naval Group of France has won a deal to study the construction of a future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier for the French Navy and get it sailing by 2038.
In a report published by the GlobalSecurity.org, the French company said it was delighted by the choice made by President Emmanuele Macron and added it will tap the expertise of its partners in building an aircraft carrier to replace the Charles de Gaulle.
Naval Group has partnered with Chantiers de l'Atlantique, TechnicAtome and Dassault Aviation for the project, which will boost the French defense industrial and technological base and the nuclear industry as well, creating hundreds of jobs in France.
Pierre Eric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group said: "We are delighted with the announcement by the President of the French Republic, which will enable France to maintain its position in the very restricted circle of major powers holding a nuclear aircraft carrier. This project will help develop jobs in the defence industrial and technological base and ensure the continuity of our skills in the current health and economic crisis.
Naval Group, its partners and its entire ecosystem will enable the French Navy to benefit from the best naval systems for its flagship. We are committed, as an overall architect, to respond, together with our partners Chantiers de l'Atlantique and TechnicAtome, as well as Dassault Aviation, to the expression of needs of the French general armament directorate (DGA) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
Finally, this project will make it possible to develop innovation in the fields of propulsion and high added-value military systems, thus maintaining France's technological lead and its position as a key geostrategic player. This is a huge pride for Naval Group to begin the building of the biggest warship France has ever built."