Carrier Ford Completes Aircraft Compatibility Testing

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) finished Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT), the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 5 February. Ford completed ACT on 31 January after launching and recovering 211 aircraft at sea, testing five different airframes of the Ford airwing with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting...

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) finished Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT), the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 5 February.

Ford completed ACT on 31 January after launching and recovering 211 aircraft at sea, testing five different airframes of the Ford airwing with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) – two Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) systems unique to Ford-class carriers.

Aircraft carrier USS         <I&gtGerald R Ford</I>         (CVN 78) completed testing of its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to accommodate air wing platforms. (Jane’s/Michael Fabey)
Aircraft carrier USS <I>Gerald R Ford</I> (CVN 78) completed testing of its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to accommodate air wing platforms. (Jane’s/Michael Fabey)

Ford ACT included the following aircraft: T-45 Goshawk; E/A-18G Growler; E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; C-2A Greyhound; and F/A-18F Super Hornets.

Aircraft were launched and recovered in different environmental conditions and sea states, and with varying aircraft weights – from heavy aircraft in light wind conditions to light aircraft in heavy wind conditions.

Source: www.janes.com