France: will have the new aircraft carrier the EMALS catapult?
It would be the first Navy outside of US to have it
The new generation aircraft carrier that will have to support and replace over the years the "De Gaulle" could be equipped with EMALS (Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System) catapult used only on the US "Gerald R. Ford"-class. An idea corroborated by the launching of talks between the Pentagon and the French arms agency (DGA, Direction générale de l'armement), which under pressure from the Marine Nationale presented the request to have this technology. The project is being studied and has been confirmed and refinanced with the last military planning act for the period 2019-2025 approved last July, by the will of President Emmanuel Macron and Minister of Defense Florence Parly. Naval Group and the DGA will soon begin an in-depth study which will have to release the definitive project for the aircraft carrier, which will probably be built in the naval shipyards of Saint Nazaire -which should soon be transferred to Fincantieri.
Should it be equipped with the Emals system, the new plan to be embarked to replace the Dassault Rafale will also be adapted to this technological innovation, allowing France to become the first Navy outside the United States to replace the traditional Catobar (Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery) steam catapult.
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