General Atomics Completes First Aircraft Launch Using EMALS


Dec 20, 2010

San Diego, Calif., December 20, 2010. General Atomics today celebrated a milestone with the launch of an F/A-18E aircraft using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.  “This event marks the first time in over 50 years that the Navy has been able to launch a carrier-based aircraft using a system other than steam,” said GA Electromagnetic Systems Division Vice President R. Scott Forney, III. “This milestone is an extraordinary accomplishment for General Atomics’ EMALS program.”

EMALS is the catapult launch system that is being designed for CVN-78 class aircraft carriers, replacing the steam catapults used on the current generation of aircraft carriers.  As the EMALS prime contractor, GA was awarded a contract to produce the new catapult for CVN 78 in June 2009.  The first components of the EMALS equipment are scheduled for delivery in 2011.

About GA

General Atomics is a San Diego-based innovation firm with a 50-year history of successful solutions for defense, energy and environmental challenges. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator® family of unmanned aircraft systems.


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