QinetiQ North America, a defence-based technology company announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver control hardware and software for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s future aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).
The contract is awarded by General Atomics in San Diego, California and has a value of $16 million.
It is the result of a multi-year production task to update, procure, assemble and test launch control and arresting control hardware. QNA has also provided the hardware and software for the EMALS Launch Control System, as well as control hardware and software for the AAG system for USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
Andrew Courier, Director of Maritime Systems at QNA, said: “QinetiQ North America is honored to once again be working with General Atomics to begin production on the second ship in the Ford-class, CVN 79. We are proud to play a role in providing the Navy with this latest technology that will increase reliability, improve operational efficiencies and significantly decrease lifecycle costs.”
Development and production of the hardware and software will be done in QNA’s Waltham, Massachusetts facility.