San Diego-based General Atomics is building the Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System for the new USS Gerald R. Ford and future supercarriers. The Ford is already built after nearly a decade in the shipyard, EMALS system and all. Which really peeved the commander-in-chief. Maybe someone should tell Trump the Chinese plan to use EMALS in their future carriers. Steam-based launchers, which use the steam produced by the carrier's nuclear power plant, are described as high-maintenance system with no feedback control, and that's just the start of their problems. "So I said what is this?" I said, 'What system are you going to be?' - 'Sir, we're staying with digital.' I said, 'No, you're not. Now would not be a good time to go back and install steam systems on the new carriers, he said: The Ford is all but finished, and construction of the Kennedy already is underway.
You know, the same sort of machine that connects us all to the cyber.
The EMALS technology, installed for the first time on the Ford, aims to improve efficiency and substantially reduce cost of maintenance, a vast improvement over the fund-draining, maintenance-intensive steam catapult technology, which is less compatible with modern gas turbine propulsion systems. Not good. Doesn't have the power.' You know the steam is just brutal. "You see that sucker going and steam's going all over the place, there's planes thrown in the air, '" Trump told Time magazine in an interview. "And it's very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out".
"And I said - and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers", the president continued.
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Trump said: "I said what system are you going to be -'Sir, we're staying with digital.' I said, 'No, you're not. You [are] going to godd**ned steam; the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good".
In light of the Trump's comments lauding steam, the Navy is reportedly "scrambling to figure out how to address the president's concerns".
Sean Stackley, the acting secretary of the Navy, declined to comment on the president's remarks Thursday night when asked about it at a U.S. Naval Institute event.
"The president's critique of the program is correct". Thus, the Navy would have to invest billions to develop a new steam catapult-especially if the president insists such a catapult utilize analog rather then digital technology.
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The new catapults are one of the many problems that plagued the almost $13 billion carrier, which is under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding. However, by 2009, the Navy chose to install the new system on the Ford despite lingering concerns about its development.
Plus the Ford has the EMALS system for a reason: It confers a whole bevy of advantages over its steam-powered predecessor, Andrew Holland of the American Security Project said. Trump may have derived his remarkably insightful observations about the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) from his March 2 visit to the Ford.
He also pointed out that China will likely incorporate EMALS-type technology into the generation of aircraft carriers after the one they're now developing.
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