NJ base testing Navy's new carrier catapult

In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, a U.S. Navy fighter/attack aircraft F/A18E Super Hornet takes off from the USS George Washington off southern coast of Vietnam in South China Sea. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)

September 28, 2011 5:20:40 AM PDT
Officials at a Navy base in New Jersey have marked a milestone as they continue testing the next-generation in aircraft carrier launch systems.

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance plane propelled by the Electronic Aircraft Launch System thundered down a runway at Joint Base Lakehurst Tuesday.

Navy aircraft launch manager Capt. Jim Donnelly told the Asbury Park Press the air wing over the years has gotten heavier and the new control system allows launch officers to more precisely tune aircraft weights and required air speeds.

The $435 million electromagnetic system will not replace the steam catapults used on aircraft carriers since the 1950s. The new system is set to be delivered for the next aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, to be built in Newport News, Va.


Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com