GA EMALS/AAG Op-tested Aboard USS Gerald Ford
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