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Earlier this year, the United States Navy announced plans to buy an additional two Ford-class aircraft carriers equipped with the aircraft’s electromagnetic launch system (EMALS), which has repeatedly been criticized by President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump has once again called for equipping US aircraft carriers with traditional steam powered catapults instead of new electromagnetic systems that he claimed did not work well during the war.
“We are spending all that money on electricity and nobody knows how it will be in bad conditions. So I think I’m going to place an order – when we build a new aircraft carrier, we’re going to use steam, “he told the sailors and marines aboard the USS Wasp on his visit to the Yokosuka Naval Base south of Tokyo .
He confirmed his point of view by insisting that steam catapults work much better than the higher-tech electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS).
“Steam only worked perfectly for approximately 65 years. And I’m not going to say this because it’s ahead of time for a bit, but they cost $ 900 million to overrun this crazy electric catapult. They want to show – next, next, next. And we all want innovation, but it’s too much, “Trump added.
The United States Navy carrier group led by the USS Harry S. Truman, frontal and an escort of ships are seen leaving the port of Norfolk in the direction of the Middle East
His remarks come after Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said earlier this year that the United States Navy announced plans to buy an additional two Ford class aircraft carriers equipped with EMALS.
Trump has repeatedly expressed the doubt about EMALS ‘efficiency, especially in combat conditions, something he apparently wanted to highlight during a so-called Thanksgiving with a US sailor in 2018, when the president of The United States wondered if the sailor wants to “go with steam or electromagnetic” aircraft catapults.
Source: ES News-Front