United States of America
CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford
- Attack Aircraft Carrier Nuclear-powered
- ElectroMagnetic Aircraft Launch System
- Program Definition and Risk Reduction
- System Development and Demonstration
The US Navy awarded General Atomics a 5-year $145 million contract for System
Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch
The EMALS is being developed to replace the existing steam-driven catapults
aboard US Navy aircraft carriers. The electromagnetic-driven catapults would
provide higher performance in aircraft launch operations compared to
steam-driven catapults. The CVN 21 would be the first US aircraft carrier to be
outfitted with the EMALS.
General Atomics was selected for the EMALS after a 4-year Program Definition and
Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase worth $80 million.
According to General Atomics, the EMALS will provide significant workload
reductions and it will be less stressful to aircraft and aircrew. In addition,
it will require less maintenance hours and personnel with lower life-cycle
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