Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System
Driven by the world’s most powerful linear induction motor the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is revolutionizing the way the Navy launches aircraft from the next generation of aircraft carriers. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is designed to replace steam catapult system currently used on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first carrier to use EMALS. John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is the next carrier scheduled to install and use EMALS.
EMALS provides significant benefits over current launch systems such as reduced maintenance, thermal signature, weight and increased ability to launch manned and unmanned aircraft. Due to its flexible architecture, EMALS can launch a wide variety of aircraft weights and can be used on a variety of platforms with differing catapult configurations.