General AtomicsÂ has been awarded a contract toÂ installÂ itsÂ Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting GearÂ systemsÂ on the U.S. Navy‘sÂ 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 atÂ the company’sÂ 367, 000-square-foot Electromagnetic Systems Group facility in Tupelo, Mississippi.
General AtomicsÂ said this initial contract comes ahead of a full-production order for theÂ EMALS and AAG installation onÂ CVN 79 and 2023 ship delivery to the U.S. Navy.
The company added that it received aÂ prime contract to manufacture EMALS and AAG for the CVN 78 carrier in 2009 and will deliver the hardware within the year after theÂ system design and demonstration phases.