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France Orders Long-Lead Items for Future PA-NG

France Orders Long-Lead Items for Future PA-NG

France has officially ordered the new generation aircraft carrier (Porte-Avions Nouvelle Génération) PA-NG, which will replace the Charles de Gaulle in 2038. France will start constructing its new generation aircraft carrier, which aims to replace the French Navy's only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. This information was published by French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu on April 26, 2024. Lecornu confirmed that the initial order for France's new-generation aircraft carrier had been placed. In an announcement on April 30, 2024, the French Ministry of Defense said that the French DGA had awarded contracts worth 600 million Euros ($642.7 million) to key industrial contractors of the PA-NG project. The joint venture of Naval Group, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, MO Porte Avions and nuclear reactor developer Technicatome have received notices to begin long-term service, including developing nuclear propulsion systems. It includes providing long-running components for the ship's nuclear propulsion system, the K-22 nuclear reactor, and the nuclear containment structure. The contract paves the way for the start of production of these components. Work is expected to be carried out from 2024-2029 before construction of the aircraft carrier begins. The French Ministry of Defence said Preliminary studies for PA-NG began in October 2018.

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