EMALS Tested Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

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NEWPORT News, Va. (June 16, 2015) Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducts dead-load testing of the The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) . (U.S. Navy video/Released)Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a complete carrier-based launch system designed for CVN 78 and all future Gerald R. Ford-class carriers. The launching system is designed to expand the operational capability of the Navy’s future carriers. The mission and function of EMALS remains the same as traditional steam catapult; however, it employs entirely different technologies. EMALS uses stored kinetic energy and solid-state electrical power conversion. This technology permits a high degree of computer control, monitoring and automation. The system will also provide the capability for launching all current and future carrier air wing platforms – lightweight unmanned to heavy strike fighters.EMALS delivers: • Necessary higher launch energy capacity • Substantial improvements in system weight, volume and maintenance • Increased reliability and efficiency • More accurate end-speed controlEMALS is funded by the CVN 21 program and will be forward fit only for U.S. Ford-class carriers, beginning with Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) engineers, logisticians and program analysts at NAWCAD Lakehurst have provided integral EMALS support since EMALS’ inception in 1982. The team at Lakehurst provides EMALS life-cycle acquisition management in support of the ALRE Program Office (PMA 251) to include program management, systems engineering, financial analysis, logistics and test and evaluation.Furthermore, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is home to a land-based, ship-representative EMALS, allowing for the testing of hardware and software aspects of the system.

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  1. cjkosh
    cjkosh Jun 29, 2015

    Is this thing EMP resistant?

  2. 36705785
    36705785 Feb 28, 2018

    Let me cut to the chase. It may be 'smoother' and so on, but it is a very bad idea. This thing is not EMP proof, and with that much voltage all about, it is not a guarantee that a compromise of the hull in one place would not cause volatile electrical discharges elsewhere. But regardless of whether I am wrong or right (and I do hope I am wrong) I just can't shake the very bad feeling that I have about this thing, and I have a very bad idea that my consternation will not be shaken or proven until the year 2021. Bad, bad.

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