General Atomics Delivers First Hardware Components for Newest Aircraft Carrier


May 19, 2011

San Diego, Calif., May 16, 2011 – General Atomics celebrated a milestone on May 9, with the delivery of the first set of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, production components to Naval Air Systems Command for installation in the new aircraft carrier CVN 78.

The shipset consists of thousands of hardware items related to its launch and recovery systems."This first delivery demonstrates how developing electromagnetic technologies can be brought to market in support of our customer, our defense and our nation," said Dean Key, production program manager for General Atomics, maker of the CVN 78 EMALS, and its companion Advanced Arresting Gear, or AAG.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., in Newport News, Va., received the celebrated delivery.

About General Atomics

General Atomics is a San Diego-based innovation firm with a 50-year history of successful solutions for defense, energy and environmental challenges, including the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, and the Blitzer™ electromagnetic railgun. 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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