GA EMALS/AAG Op-tested Aboard USS Ger­ald Ford

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Within a week af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump vis­ited Nor­folk to com­mis­sion the Navy’s new­est air­craft car­rier, USS Ger­ald land­ing and launch off the coast Vir­ginia July 28. “To­day, USS Ger­ald R. Ford made his­tory with the suc­cess­ful land­ing and launch­ing of air­craft from VX-23 us­ing the AAG and EMALS,” said Adm Phil David­son, com­man­der, US Fleet Forces.

The EMALS and AAG car­rier- borne sys­tems for launch­ing and re­cov­er­ing of air­craft have been de­signed and de­vel­oped by Gen­eral Atomics.

“AAG and EMALS have been suc­cess­fully tested ashore at Lake­hurst, New Jersey, but

The ad­vanced ar­rest­ing gear ( AAG) is de­signed to pro­vide higher re­li­a­bil­ity and safety mar­gins. It also al­lows for the ar­rest­ment of a greater range of air­craft and re­duce the fa­tigue im­pact load to the air­craft.

“The elec­tro­mag­netic launch sys­tem (EMALS) is de­signed to of the Navy’s fu­ture car­ri­ers to in­clude all cur­rent and fu­ture planned car­rier air­craft. While the mis­sion and func­tion of EMALS re­mains the same as those of the tra­di­tional steam cat­a­pult, this sys­tem sys­tem main­te­nance, in­creas­ing more ac­cu­rate end-speed con­trol and smooth ac­cel­er­a­tion.”

The Su­per Hor­net pi­loted by Lt Cdr Jamie Struck from Air Test and Eval­u­a­tion Squadron caught the num­ber 2 ar­rest­ing wire of Ford’s AAG sys­tem and was launched from cat­a­pult 1 us­ing EMALS.

A sneak view of the mag­nif­i­cent car­rier

First live AAG ar­rested land­ing of a Su­per Hor­net on the flight deck of USS Ger­ald Ford

And, the first EMALS launch

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