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EMALS – launching aircraft with the power of the railgun

The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a megawatt electric power system under development by General Atomics to replace the steam-driven catapults installed on US Navy aircraft carriers. A new contract will see EMALS launch jet fighters from the navy’s latest Gerald R. Ford class carriers using technology similar to that which enables railguns to fire projectiles at several times the speed of sound.

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