[CBC뉴스] 프랑스의 차세대 항공모함은 핵추진으로 진행되어 2038년 함대의 주력함인 샤를 드골함을 대체할 것이라고 에마뉘엘 마크롱 대통령이 밝혔다.
프랑스 해군의 11번째 항모에는 미국 제너럴 아토믹스사가 개발한 새로운 전자기 항공기 발사 시스템이 장착될 것이라고 프랑스 관리들이 말했다.
이 항공모함은 길이가 300미터(984피트)이고 중량은 75,000톤이 될 것으로 예상되며 30대의 라팔 전투기 또는 현재 프랑스, 독일, 스페인이 개발하고 있는 다쏘 전투기의 후속 기종을 탑재할 수 있을 것이다.
France's next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace the national fleet's flagship warship, the Charles de Gaulle, in 2038, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (December 8).
The 11th carrier-vessel in the French Navy's will be equipped with the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system developed by U.S. company General Atomics, French officials said.
The carrier will be 300 metres (984 ft) long and have a deadweight of 75,000 tons. It will be able to carry up to 30 Rafale fighter jets or the successor of the Dassault warplane currently being developed by France, Germany and Spain.
France's military had initially lent towards a ship with conventional propulsion, but together with Macron later opted for a nuclear-powered vessel, despite heavier construction costs, for technical and strategic reasons.
"Out strategic future, our status as a great power, lies with the nuclear industry," Macron said during a visit to a nuclear sector components maker.
France is continental Europe's only nuclear power. Britain is a nuclear power too, though its relationship with the European Union -- from trade to security -- once it leaves the EU's orbit on Jan. 1 remains uncertain.
The French state will invest one billion euros during the first development phase that will end in 2025, the Ministry of Armed Forces said. Ministry officials declined to comment on media reports that the vessel could cost more than 5 billion euros ($6.05 billion).
During his speech, Macron also said nuclear energy would remain a pillar of the French energy mix for decades to come. He said nuclear energy was essential for energy independence and reducing carbon emissions.
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