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|Photo Release -- Northrop Grumman Completes Detail Design of Gerald R. Ford Product Model|
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.,
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The 3-dimensional Product Model is the key enabler to execute the design/build process for manufacturing, construction, and testing through delivery, and includes definition of the ship's geometry, and technical definition of the ship's parts including the procurement, planning and manufacturing data. CVN 78's product model has over three million parts.
"This milestone is an important accomplishment for our design, engineering and construction teams, who have been working on the product model since 2001," said
The Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) class will continue the legacy of highly capable U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ship platforms. Enhancements incorporated into the design include flight deck changes, improved weapons handling systems, and an island design that incorporates the government's latest technology in warfare, all resulting in increased aircraft sortie rates. It will include advanced nuclear power plants with increased electrical power generation capacity; allowance for future technologies; and reduced workload for the sailors, translating to a smaller crew size and reduced operating costs for the Navy. The keel of the first ship of the class, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2015, was laid