Naval Warfare

Aircraft Carriers and Catapults: China Develops a New Concept

The USS Gerald R Ford was the pioneer of electromagnetic launch systems but is experiencing serious launch and recovery problems; now China is developing a new design

James Marinero, MSc, MBA
7 min readMar 30, 2024

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Naval Warfare — Aircraft Carriers and EM Catapults: China Launches a New Version — The USS Gerald R Ford was the pioneer but is experiencing serious launch and recovery reliability; now China is developing a new design
New Chinese aircraft carrier Fujian with 3 catapults — steam or EMALS? Photo: PLA Navy

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James Marinero, MSc, MBA
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