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US Navy tests EMALS at sea

15th August 2017 - 01:08 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy has successfully executed its first at-sea aircraft launch and recovery event on-board the newly commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford using General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) launch and arrest gear.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet was launched using GA-EMS' Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and recovered using the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). During the test event, which took place on 28 July, four launches and arrestments were performed.

EMALS provides software controls and power electronics to drive linear induction motors to ensure accurate end speeds and smoother accelerations. AAG is a turbo-electric system designed for controlled and reliable deceleration of aircraft during recovery operations on carriers.

Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS, said: ‘This is a landmark event, showcasing the engineering skill, hard work, and dedication of our GA-EMS team and the navy to bring EMALS and AAG systems into service.

‘We are extremely proud to see these complex, revolutionary systems successfully perform and come to life as part of this extraordinary first-in-class carrier. We look forward to working closely with the navy as testing and trials continue to exercise these systems to help bring CVN 78 forward into operational readiness.’

GA-EMS is the sole source provider of AAG and EMALS for Ford class carriers, including the future USS John F. Kennedy, which is currently under construction, and the future USS Enterprise.

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