Aircraft Carrier Month Special Edition, EMALS
One of the most revolutionary technologies of the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class carriers is the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, that is currently equipped on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford and is being integrated on the next two Ford carriers currently under construction.
When fully optimized, EMALS will go from a cold start to launch-ready in about 15 minutes. Steam catapults take hours and significantly more nuclear energy to achieve the same level of readiness—and deplete the ship’s critical freshwater resources to operate.
The EMALS will enable Ford-class carriers to accommodate 160 sorties per day during normal conditions and an anticipated 270 during wartime operations. This is an almost 33 percent increase in sortie deployment capability from the Nimitz-class carrier’s capability during peacetime, and a 12.5 percent increase during wartime. This represents a drastic increase in the lethality and effectiveness of the ship.
Article taken from Defense News – Commentary by: Vice Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr. (ret.) September 14th.