DOT&E: Flight system reliability challenges continue for Ford

By Nick Wilson / January 20, 2023 at 3:03 PM
The first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford(CVN-78) continues to struggle with the reliability of its flight operations systems, according to an annual report from the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The fiscal year 2022 annual report released today the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation indicates that five of the Ford’s systems -- the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), Jet Blast Deflectors (JBDs), Advanced Weapon Elevators (AWEs) and Dual Band Radar (DBR) -- demonstrated low...

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