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Dean Key: General Atomics to Build JFK Aircraft Carrier Components

U.S. Navy photo
U.S. Navy photo

General Atomics has been awarded a contract to install its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear systems on the U.S. Navy‘s future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier.

“We are beginning EMALS and AAG production for the second ship in the class, CVN 79, as these systems are being integrated into the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), ” Dean Key, GA’s director of launch and recovery production programs, said Wednesday.

The components will be manufactured at the company’s 367, 000-square-foot Electromagnetic Systems Group facility in Tupelo, Mississippi.

General Atomics said this initial contract comes ahead of a full-production order for the EMALS and AAG installation on CVN 79 and 2023 ship delivery to the U.S. Navy.

The company added that it received a prime contract to manufacture EMALS and AAG for the CVN 78 carrier in 2009 and will deliver the hardware within the year after the system design and demonstration phases.

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