Brazilian Aircraft carrier Sao Paulo

NAe Sao Paulo is a Clemenceau class aircraft carrier of the Brazilian Navy, formerly the French Foch. Sao Paulo is the flagship of the Brazilian Navy. In the first three years of service as Sao Paulo, the ship completed several missions, some in foreign waters. While currently operational, budget cuts may result in the aircraft carrier being withdrawn from service. Sao Paulo currently serves mainly to train pilots to fly carrier operations. 

The old French Foch was bought for US$12 million in 2000, without aircraft, while still operational. The Brazilian government had already purchased a several used A-4 Skyhawk strike aircraft from Kuwait for US$70 million to serve as carrier aircraft. On 15 November 2000, the Sao Paulo was commissioned in the Brazilian Navy. 

Country Name Origin Year
Brazil 1960
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Displacement: 24,200 tonnes 

32,800 tonnes (full load)

Length: 265 metres (870 ft)

Beam: 31.7 metres (104 ft)

Draught: 8.60 metres (28.2 ft)

Propulsion: 6 Indret boilers, 4 steam turbines producing 126,000 hp, 2 propellers

Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)

Range: 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km) at 18 knots

Complement: 1,338 men (1,920 including the air group) 984 men if only helicopters are carried.

Electronic warfare and decoys: DRBV-23B air sentry radar 

DRBV-50 low-altitude or surface sentry radar (later replaced by a DRBV-15) 

NRBA-50 approach radar 

DRBI-10 tri-dimensional air sentry radar 

several DRBC-31 fire radar (later DRBC-32C) 

DRBN-34 navigation radars

Armament: four 100 mm turrets, two SACP Crotale EDIR systems, five 12.7 mm machine guns, 4 dual Simbad launchers

Aircraft carried: about 40 aircraft, a mixture of A-4KU Skyhawks, AS 532 SC Cougars, HB 350 & HB.355 Ecureuils, and SH-3 Sea Kings

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