US Navy: General Atomics’ EMALS, AAG systems reach crucial milestone aboard CVN-78


GA-EMS: The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system designed and developed by General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) reached an important milestone of nearly 4,500 catapult launch and arrested landings aboard US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-18), the company said on Wednesday.

“CVN 78 passed the half-way mark of its PDT&T, and we are well underway toward achieving the cats and traps milestones by the end of this rigorous testing phase,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS.

“In addition to the demanding system shakedown testing, the ship, and EMALS and AAG, are providing valuable capacity to meet the Navy’s certification and training requirements for today and also in the future as the next Ford class carriers begin to enter the fleet,” Forney said.

“We are extremely proud of our dedicated team supporting the ship’s crew as they continue to qualify naval aviators as well as demonstrate the systems capabilities under combat operations tempo,” Scott Forney said in a statement sent to Defence Star.

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Photo: Scott Forney, GA-EMS, General Atomics

Scott Forney, President, GA-EMS.

The US defence major said that during CVN 78’s at sea periods, which involve night and day, all weather, and various sea state operations, EMALS and AAG successfully launch and recover a range of aircraft, including F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, E-2C/D Hawkeyes and Advanced Hawkeyes, C-2A Greyhounds, EA-18G Growlers, and T-45C Goshawks.

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In addition to CVN 78, GA-EMS is delivering EMALS and AAG for the future US Navy aircraft carriers such as USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and USS Enterprise (CVN 80).

EMALS and AAG will provide greater flexibility over legacy systems to not only accommodate aircraft in the current air wing, but also future aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, said the company.

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems GA-EMS

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group is engaged in the research, design, and manufacture of sophisticated electromagnetic and electric power generation systems.

The company is engaged in research and development of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications.

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