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Navy testing out electromagnetic fighter jet launch system

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The US Navy is preparing to use a new, electromagnetic system to launch jet fighters that will replace the steam-powered catapults used by the military for more than six decades.

The system is known as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), and according to
Engadget, the next-generation instrument has been equipped to the USS Gerald R. Ford after recently undergoing a successful series of land trials.

The EMALS launch system will be designed so that any of the four catapults on the ship will be able to draw power from any of the three energy storage groups on the ship, he added. The system is also undergoing extensive testing at a Naval Air Warfare Center facility in New Jersey, which Moore said will help them “identify issues in advance of installing it on the ships.”

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The current plan is to use EMALS to launch F/A-18 Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers, E2D Advanced Hawkeyes, and other craft aboard Ford-class ships. It has also been tested with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the New Jersey location.


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