Gerald R Ford: Ready or not?

The Ford class programme is a case study in why our acquisition system must be reformed – unrealistic business cases, poor cost estimates, new systems rushed to production, concurrent design and construction, and problems testing systems to demonstrate promised capability.” Credit: Courtesy of Medill DC|The concerns lie with the carrier’s aircraft launch and recovery system, the weapons elevators’ ability to move onboard munitions, and the radar’s ability to conduct air traffic control with ship self-defence – all of which affect major areas of flight operations. Credit: Courtesy of Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet