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General Atomics wins contract for continued EMALS and AAG evaluation of French next-generation aircraft carrier


SAN DIEGO – September 02, 2022 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) today announced that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to continue the development and evaluation of bespoke configurations of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System ( EMALS) and Advanced Arresting System (AAG) as a potential foreign military sale to the French Navy for their next-generation aircraft carrier, Porte-Avions Nouvelle Génération (PA NG).

“We are proud to support the ongoing efforts between our nations to realize the potential of integrating EMALS and AAG on board the future flagship of the French Navy,” said Scott Forney, President of GA-EMS. . “For decades, French and American Charles de Gaulle Nimitz-class the carriers provided interoperable capabilities to conduct joint operations and launch and recover aircraft from each other’s ships. EMALS and AAG aboard French and American next-generation aircraft carriers will provide increased interoperability between our navies and greater flexibility to launch a wider range of current and future aircraft for decades to come.

GA-EMS will continue to evaluate optimal EMALS and AAG configurations for performance and document ship interfaces and impacts on PA NG. The contract will end in 2023 with a review of system requirements and an assessment of French suppliers for the potential manufacture of components in France.

In previous contract awards over the past two years, GA-EMS has participated in carrier studies to investigate the feasibility of implementing EMALS and AAG for future French carrier design. In December 2021, the US State Department announced that it had approved a possible Foreign Military Sale for a two-EMALS, three-AAG configuration to France.

The first of the class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently completed its 10,000th successful launch and arrested landing using EMALS and AAG. The systems continue to operate successfully as CVN 78 prepares for its next deployment. GA-EMS is currently under contract with the Navy to support CVN 78 sustainment requirements and is providing EMALS and AAG for the next two Ford-class carriers currently under construction, John F Kennedy (CVN 79) and Company (CVN 80). GA-EMS is also working with the Navy to determine EMALS and AAG contract and schedule requirements for the fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier, Doris Miller (CVN 81).

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The General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS) is a world leader in the research, design and manufacture of unique electromagnetic and electrical power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialty products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, energy and power, as well as processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.ga.com/ems

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