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General Atomics Awarded Contract For EMALS and AAG for Future Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier USS Doris Miller


General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract modification by Naval Air Systems Command for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Doris Miller (CVN 81). GA-EMS will provide production, manufacturing, engineering, program management, logistics support, and information assurance to deliver EMALS and AAG shipsets for CVN 81.

“From coast to coast, our employees, subcontractors, and suppliers are excited to begin work delivering these critical launch and recovery technologies to the fourth carrier in the Ford-class,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “Having GA-EMS now under contract to provide EMALS and AAG for the CVN 81 enables greater efficiency and utilization of our unique capabilities and resources to help meet construction and maintenance requirements and fleet readiness for all Ford-class carriers going forward.”

GA-EMS delivered EMALS and AAG to the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and is under contract with the Navy to support CVN 78 sustainment requirements. CVN 78 has completed blue water certification with a full air wing and sustained operations supported by EMALS and AAG. In addition to this CVN 81 contract award, GA-EMS is also under contract and delivering EMALS and AAG for the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and USS Enterprise (CVN 80).

“CVN 79 EMALS and AAG certification is underway, and over 80% of CVN 80 EMALS and AAG production has been completed. We are proud to continue our working relationship with the Navy as each carrier continues preparations to enter service to our nation for the decades to come,” said Rolf Ziesing, vice president of GA-EMS Maritime Programs.   

About General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group is a global leader in the research, design, and manufacture of first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development, and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide. For further information, visit

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