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2024-04-03

General Atomics Begins EMALS Launch Test

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) recently announced that Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) testing has commenced aboard the future Gerald R. Ford-class carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), utilising “dead load” vehicles designed to simulate various aircraft weights.

Testing involves launching multiple large, steel four-wheeled vehicles weighing up to 80,000 pounds from EMALS catapults installed on CVN 79’s flight deck.
 
Under strict safety measures and protocols, EMALS catapults installed on CVN 79’s flight deck will launch a series of large steel sleds into the James River in Virginia. Each launch will provide data to verify EMALS and its components are operating satisfactorily. The dead load vehicles will be recovered and returned to the flight deck to continue the testing process over the course of several months.
 
GA-EMS is also under multiple contracts with the Navy to support sustainment requirements for the now deployed USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and to deliver EMALS and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future Ford-class carriers Enterprise (CVN 80) and Doris Miller (CVN 81) currently under construction.

GA-EMS is also under contract with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to continue the development and evaluation of EMALS and AAG as a potential Foreign Military Sale to the French Navy for their next-generation aircraft carrier, Porte-Avions Nouvelle Generation (PA NG).
 

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