GA Electromagnetic System Launches Navy Carrier Aircraft

General Atomics says a Navy F/A-18E Hornet aircraft was successfully launched using the company’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System instead of the steam-powered catapult technology used aboard aircraft carriers. General Atomics has been designing the electromagnetic launch system for CVN-78 class aircraft carriers. “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.

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