US Navy tests MAGIC CARPET software
The US Navy's aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush has field-tested its new Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET) software.
Apart from completing the field-testing, which was announced by the navy on 26 April, the carrier's crew also conducted carrier qualification operations and the offload of ordnance to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean.
MAGIC CARPET is designed for F/A-18E/F/G aircraft, to automatically adjust the speed and angle of attack of the aircraft in relation to the intended landing surface. Initial tests took place in early February. The carrier qualification operations were conducted with Strike Fighter Squadron 122, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, VAQ-131 and Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101.
Lt Cmdr Dan Marzluff, assistant air operations officer, said: 'This underway marked the first use of the MAGIC CARPET technology on an aircraft carrier.
'This software greatly reduces misses and wave-offs, which translates into more time on-mission and makes us an overall more effective force.'
Marzluff added: 'The majority of flight operations with the system were touch-and-goes. We didn't have to actually land to determine how the software takes the aircraft to the flight deck.'
Staff Sgt. Joshua Bryan, lead flight deck controller, VMFAT 101, said: 'We're getting our pilots qualified for carrier-based operations in legacy F/A-18s, and this underway was the last phase of their training before the pilots are fully qualified.
'Three of our marine pilots are heading to the fleet right after this underway, and one of those pilots is going to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). All of us in VMFAT 101 have been very pleased with the carrier keeping up with our training and getting us our qualifications quickly and efficiently.'
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