USS Ford LATEST FLIGHT OPERATIONS footage! (New Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System IN ACTION!)by Ultimate Military Channel   2 years ago

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The world's largest aircraft carrier ever built, the USS Gerald R. Ford, conducts LATEST FLIGHT OPERATIONS in the Atlantic Ocean! (Featuring the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System IN ACTION, as well as helicopter landing ops!)

General Atomics describes the new state-of-the-art EMALS: "The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is designed to replace the steam catapult systems currently used on the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first carrier to use EMALS. John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and Enterprise (CVN 80) are also scheduled to install and use EMALS.

EMALS provides significant benefits over current launch systems, including:

Reduced manning and life-cycle cost.

Reduced thermal signature.

Increased launch operational ability for manned and unmanned aircraft.

Reduced topside weight.

Reduced installed volume.

Due to its flexible architecture, EMALS can launch a wide variety of aircraft weights and can be used on a variety of platforms with differing catapult configurations."

Official release: ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 6, 2017) - Footage of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducting flight operations while underway. Ford is underway conducting testing and evaluation operations.

Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristopher Ruiz, United States Navy.

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