General Atomics Awarded Contract for Ford-class EMALS, AAG Spares
SAN DIEGO — General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has been awarded a definitized delivery order for the first set of on board repair parts (spares), providing sustainment support to the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the company announced Oct. 9. This delivery order also provides spares to support the AAG land-based site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
“We’ve worked tirelessly with the Navy to bring these complex and transformative systems to life, from the initial EMALS and AAG concepts through the first successful F/A-18F aircraft launch and arrestment on CVN 78 at sea,” said Rolf Ziesing, vice president of programs at GA-EMS. “This delivery order, along with other GA-EMS delivery orders and contracts, provides the Navy with a source for spares, depot repairs and technical support necessary to keep EMALS and AAG performing efficiently and consistently.”
Under the various delivery orders and contracts, GA-EMS will provide equipment assessment and analysis, quality assurance, manufacturing and integration for parts at their manufacturing facility in Tupelo, Miss. In addition, GA-EMS personnel will provide technical support on board CVN 78 during at-sea ship certification evolutions. Hands-on crew training is also being offered at the GA-EMS ship-set control lab in San Diego and at the land-based test sites at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
“GA-EMS is leaning forward and building the foundation for EMALS and AAG system sustainment for the entire Ford-class, including the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), which is currently under construction, and the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80),” Ziesing said. “We are committed to implementing the most efficient plans and processes that will continue to meet the Navy’s requirements as each carrier joins the fleet.”