Retired American Vice Admiral Lewis Crenshaw has published an article in which he reports on an important direction in the development of an aircraft carrier fleet USA. Attention was drawn to the fact that the United States has recently been paying special attention to this issue (the development of the aircraft carrier fleet) - with publication in various specialized media. More recently, a material appeared in the US press, where it was reported about the possibility of developing an aircraft carrier fleet by putting into service unmanned carrier-based aviation refuellers.
Vice Admiral Crenshaw names another technology that is helping the United States "revolutionize" the use of aircraft carriers. This technology is a retired senior military man who served in the navy for about 37 years, according to EMALS. - an electromagnetic system for taking off carrier-based aircraft from aircraft carriers.
Equipping the latest aircraft carriers such as Gerald R. Ford with EMALS systems makes it possible to increase the number of training missions to 160 per day under normal conditions and up to 270 combat missions in wartime conditions. This is a third more than for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in peacetime, and 12,5% more than in wartime. This means a significant increase in the efficiency of warships.
Asynchronous motor EMALS
The retired vice admiral of the US Navy notes that the improved technology of electromagnetic catapults (systems for taking off carrier-based aircraft) allows you to launch not only manned aircraft, but also drones, including the same ones - refueling, which were mentioned above.
Vice Admiral Crenshaw:
For example, when fully optimized, EMALS will go from cold start to ready to launch aircraft in about 15 minutes. Steam catapults take hours and significantly more energy to reach the same level of readiness, and this leads to the depletion of critical resources - for example, fresh water on a ship.
Crenshaw said the groundbreaking idea of using EMALS will remain relevant to all Ford-class aircraft carriers (up to 12 planned) for decades.