As a founding member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), Thales UK has respon­sibility for leading the power and propulsion element of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme.

In addition, within the main alliance of the UK Ministry of Defence and industry, Thales is responsible for leading the platform design and aviation teams and participating in the mission systems team.

The UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class carriers are being constructed by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), consisting of Thales UK, BAE Systems, BVT Surface Fleet, Babcock Marine and Ministry of Defence, which acts as both participant and client.

When in service with the Royal Navy, the ships will be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The ships will be the largest vessels to ever enter service with the Royal Navy.

A team of currently 200+ naval architects, CAD modelling experts, marine engineers and aviation specialists have worked on the CVF design since 1998 (Bristol-based facility.) In addition, around 40 systems engineers work (Crawley-based site) on a number of significant warship programmes for the Royal Navy, including CVF and the Type 45 destroyer.