By Michael O’BrienPolygon/ReutersThe cost of designing and building a major new aircraft carrier has jumped by a third in the past year, as the U.S. Navy has been preparing for a new warfighting role.
In a bid to improve its ability to fight in new conflicts, the Navy is now looking at a cost increase of up to $20 billion over the next two years to build a new, larger, carrier that will be much bigger than the current aircraft carrier, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
The Pentagon has been working to develop a new aircraft-carrying, multirole carrier in the wake of a $40 billion Pentagon effort to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a multirole fighter aircraft, and a fleet of amphibious assault ships.
The Navy also is studying building a new carrier with multiple variants and a longer range, capable of conducting missions off the coast of Africa.
The new carrier, which would be the largest aircraft carrier ever built, would have a wingspan of around 50,000 feet and would be roughly twice the size of the USS Nimitz, a ship that served as the centerpiece of the U-2 spy plane program.
The Nimitz and Nimitz class aircraft carriers are also large and powerful, making them ideal targets for attacks from Iran, North Korea and Syria.
However, the cost of the new aircraft carriers could be more than double the cost.
The cost for the first carrier, dubbed USS John F. Kennedy, will be about $10 billion, with a $6 billion price tag for a second.
The next ship, USS Gerald Ford, will cost about $7 billion.
The first USS Enterprise, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that was originally scheduled to be completed in 2020, will also be nearing completion and could be completed as early as 2024.
“It’s an expensive ship.
We’re talking about something that costs about $15 billion,” said James McBride, an analyst with the Rand Corp., which tracks U.N. projects.
McBride said the cost is a reflection of the fact that the Navy has not yet built a new ship, as it has on the Nimayas, which are nearly 60 years old.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure that we get the ship right, that we’re not overbuilding it,” McBride said.
“The new carriers, I think, are going to have to be very expensive to get right.”
In a way, it’s the opposite of what you want to do.
The problem is, you don’t want to build too many ships and then have them be so large and so heavy that they can’t be operated,” McWilliams added.
The new carriers would also have to operate on a much smaller scale, which McBride acknowledged would be an additional challenge.”
You’d want a ship in the water that’s able to operate for days at a time and is capable of carrying a lot more people,” McBryan said.
But the cost for building the new carrier is expected to be substantially lower than what it is now, McWilliams said.
The difference is that we now have a bigger ship, so we’re looking at the price per unit.””
It’s not a huge difference.
The difference is that we now have a bigger ship, so we’re looking at the price per unit.”
While there is no firm estimate for the cost increase, McBrians estimates that it could be $20-25 billion higher than the $20.5 billion figure provided by the Pentagon.
“If you were to estimate the cost, it would be $30-40 billion, which is still an extremely low number,” McWilliam said.
The Navy has a variety of other options to replace the Nimits.
It could build a smaller, less capable carrier.
It can also use existing aircraft carriers as platforms for future carriers.
McBrians said the Navy could also move the carrier to the eastern coast of the United States, where it would not have to dock at sea, where the current carriers can land.
“There are two ways you can do that.
You can build a replacement of the existing aircraft carrier in Hawaii, which will be cheaper and much less disruptive to the operations of the carrier,” McBrien said.
Another option is to build an entirely new aircraft aircraft carrier from scratch, using the Nimoyas as a template, McWilliam added.
“They’ve had a really good reputation for being very efficient and cost effective.
If you could do it on the same ship, and that ship was a little bit bigger and heavier and had a little more range, you could make a much more powerful carrier,” he said.
In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, a Navy official said the carrier would be built in Florida, which has an existing air defense network and has