GA to provide AAG for CVN 80
General Atomics has been awarded a sole source production contract modification for the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the US Navy's future Enterprise (CVN 80) aircraft carrier, the company announced on 12 June.
The company is the sole source provider of both the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and AAG for the first three Ford class carriers, Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), John F Kennedy (CVN 79), and Enterprise (CVN 80).
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) will execute work including production, manufacturing, engineering, design and programme management, logistics support, and information assurance.
Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS, said: ‘This is a significant step toward ensuring all the materials and support associated with EMALS and AAG are readily available to launch and recover aircraft from Ford class carriers for decades to come.
‘CVN 78 was delivered in May. Construction on CVN 79 is well underway and work is scheduled to begin on CVN 80 within the year. This contract strengthens our ability to provide the navy with optimised production schedules to successfully deploy and maintain AAG and EMALS on the carriers as they serve our nation over the next 50-plus years.’
AAG is installed and currently undergoing testing on CVN 78, which recently completed the navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey trials.
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