General Atomics EMALS, AAG Systems Achieves 3,000 Aircraft Launch and Recovery Milestone Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

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SAN DIEGO, CA. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced on June 3 that more than 3,000 catapult launches and landing arrestments using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system have been successfully and safely completed aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

This milestone marks a significant achievement for the ship and crew, as the Navy moves towards a goal of 8,000 aircraft launches and arrestments during at-sea events scheduled through the end of 2020.

“EMALS and AAG continue to perform as expected as the ship ramps up evolutions towards achieving combat operational readiness,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Both systems’ capabilities are being rigorously exercised to meet the daily objectives for cats and traps in support of the various squadrons undergoing carrier qualification (CQ) and training aboard CVN 78.

In addition to marking the 3,000 milestone, on May 19, the ship performed 167 successful launches and recoveries in a single day, breaking the previous record of 135. As the only CQ asset regularly available on the East Coast this year, we look forward to EMALS and AAG continuing to meet and exceed performance requirements as more instructors and student pilots come aboard to train and pursue their wings of gold.”

“Since January, CVN 78 has multiplied the total expected number of launch and landing evolutions by a factor of four,” continued Rolf Ziesing, vice president of Programs at GA-EMS. “We’ve seen EMALS and AAG put through the paces day and night on CVN 78, utilizing a range of aircraft including F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, C-2A Greyhounds, EA-18G Growlers, and T-45C Goshawks. Every flight is critical, and we’re proud of our team and the ship’s crew as they continue to meet their mission objectives to bring “Warship 78” to fleet readiness.”

GA-EMS is delivering EMALS and AAG for the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and USS Enterprise (CVN 80). Significant cost savings are being realised through multiple ship production contracts, which minimise gaps in production while maximising planning, scheduling and delivery to support all three Ford-class carriers.