San Diego One day shy of the first anniversary of a fighter jet launching off the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Naval Air Systems Command released a statement saying its General Atomics aircraft-handling machinery is progressing through a comprehensive test program.
General Atomics produces the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (or EMALS), which takes the place of steam catapults on the aircraft carrier. GA’s Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) uses new turbo-electric technology to rein in the force of a landing aircraft.
The Navy and General Atomics have made “numerous engineering changes to support the systems’ continued maturity and reliability growth,” the Navy said in a statement July 27.
The new technology has its critics in Congress, partially because of cost. In 2017, President Donald Trump said he liked the old way of doing things — with steam catapults. General Atomics has stood behind its products.