The U.S. Navy awarded General Atomics up to $29.6 million for work on the electromagnetic aircraft launch system on the Navy’s next aircraft carrier, to be named USS Gerald R. Ford.

Under the deal, GA will provide material and labor necessary to manufacture, assemble, inspect, integrate, test and check out the on-board repair parts in support of the catapult system.

The electromagnetic catapult is a departure from the steam catapults used on the current generation of aircraft carriers berthed at Naval Air Station North Island.

GA will perform 47 percent of the work in San Diego, with a small amount in Vista.

The Ford is scheduled to be commissioned in March.

The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Md., awarded the order, announced on Sept. 25.