The Mirfae-class Heavy Aircraft Carrier is the newest class of Aircraft Carriers in service with The Sultan's Navy, the first two units, RKN Mirfae and RKN Eanqa, comissioned in 2018 as part of Carrier Group 5.
The term mirfae describes a crane, as in a bird of the Gruidae-Family.
- Angled Flight Deck for conventional take-offs (for example the Kyrenaian Aircraft Factories KAF-139 Baghl Transport Plane), with catapults.
- Ski-Jump for aircraft requiring so (especially the Kyrenaian Aircraft Factories KAF-16 Saqr Multirole Fighter).
- 5 aircraft launch spots
- 5 arresting cables and 2 nets
- Aircraft lifts: 5, 4 for aircraft, 1 for helicopters
In early 2019, the decision was made to only build six instead of the originally planned twelve of these carriers. Budget constraints and a small shift in doctrines towards further enhancing the capabilities of the Hukm-class Aircraft Carriers and the acquisition of Drone Carriers are most commonly cited as reasons.
Planned: 6 total
- In Service, end of 2018: 2
- Under Construction, end of 2018: 4
- Further planned: 0
Names of the Vessels
- RKN Mirfae, Crane.
- RKN Eanqa, Phoenix.
- RKN Ruk, Roc (a mythical giant bird).
- RKN Tanin, Dragon.
- RKN Karkadann, 'Lord of the Desert', another term for the Sand Wyvern.
- RKN Hatif, a bodyless voice, that can be heard, but the body making it not be found.
- RKN Hisan, Horse.
- RKN Bahamut, a mythical sea creature.
- RKN Shadhavar, a mythical creature, resembles a unicorn in appearance.
- RKN Falak, a powerful sea serpent and mythical creature.
- RKN Asham, crow.
- RKN Riah Alshamal, Northern Wind.