Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System Being Tested by U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy will be performing first ship-board tests of a new system that will replace steam catapults that propel fighter jets and other aircraft off an aircraft carrier. The new system, EMALS, uses an electromagnetic field instead of steam.

In a few months, the Navy will begin incremental testing of the EMALS system into a river. Previous testing has been done on the land, but the integration onto a ship and testing there, is a major milestone in the project. The first EMALS system has been under construction on the USS Gerald R. Ford, one of the new carriers expected to be delivered in 2016.

Read more about the electromagnetic aircraft launch system being tested on new Ford-class aircraft carriers. 

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