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Monday, June 08, 2015

Watch the US Navy test its electromagnetic jet fighter catapult

The US Navy's next-gen electromagnetic catapult for aircraft carriers works!

Well, OK, the military hasn't exactly used it to launch an actual fighter jet yet, but a recent test has proven that it can handle 80,000 pounds of steel.

The Navy has been testing the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System or EMALS for months aboard the Gerald R. Ford carrier, but this is the first time a "dead-load" (or a wheeled steel sled that weighs as much as a jet) is involved.

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