Problems with New Technology Adds to Cost of Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier

The latest in a string of technical problems encountered in the building of the Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, the $13 billion Gerald R. Ford, are the elevators that are used to lift bombs from the lower decks to be loaded on the fighter jets. The elevators, along with the launching and arresting gear for the aircraft, all use new technology that has proven to be unreliable in testing. The Navy has requested that an additional $120 million be added to the budget in order to fix this latest problem along with other issues.


The elevator system is “just another example of the Navy pushing technology risk into design and construction — without fully demonstrating it,” said Shelby Oakley, a director with the U.S. Government Accountability Office who monitors Navy shipbuilding.

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