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    Aircraft Carrier Catapults

    Trump is being criticized for getting involved with steam versus digital catapult systems on the new aircraft carriers. The difference between him and his critics is that Trump polled the troops that use these systems and the troops want steam. The digital appears to have promise but promise isn't worth a damn in combat conditions.
    I don't know anything about either system but in my opinion Trump ask the right people, the users.
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    If what I read a while back was correct...
    The electronic catapult is something vaguely similar to an ECM that runs straight rather than in a motor spinning... if one can imagine that.

    Steam works... it is tried and proven.
    Electronic, in theory, would be better if they can get the bugs out of it before we get into a conflict and it does not work...
    IMO if we get into a conflict... we need to have an extra carrier or two there just in case...
    Until the bugs are out of the electronic system!
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    Ide imagine the electronic would be similar to a bullet trains technology


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    Quote Originally Posted by Core_d View Post
    Ide imagine the electronic would be similar to a bullet trains technology


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    Yeah, it is somewhere between that and a linear ECM...
    Curious stuff...
    If it worked... it would be a HUGE improvement..
    IF it works...
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    Electronics can be messed with via microwave technology...steam not so much.
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    EMP will not affect steam catapults.


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    You guys that know about both systems tell us the pros and cons.
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    They should just use giant rubber bands...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Core_d View Post
    They should just use giant rubber bands...


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    American made rubber bands of course...

    On the 'pro electronic' side...
    A steam catapult releases a significant amount of energy initially, which is rough on the aircraft...
    The electronic system is 'supposed' to increase the energy as the acceleration of the aircraft increases... thus being easier on the aircraft.
    Also, if what I read was correct... the electronic catapult is capable of higher thrust, due to being able to manage it as the aircraft gains speed.

    Someone needs to find an article on this...
    I do not have time...
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    Also, different aircraft require different levels of thrust from the catapults. So, the catapults have to be adjusted. These adjustments are able to be made quicker with the electric cats than with the steam cats.
    Plus, the recovery time between launches on the electric cats is shorter than with steam.
    For these two reasons, launching aircraft, especially an assortment of them, is faster. Theoretically.
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    There was a TV special on aircraft carriers and the new ones have elevators that appear to be designed similar to the electronic catapults.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    There was a TV special on aircraft carriers and the new ones have elevators that appear to be designed similar to the electronic catapults.
    The new ammunition elevators are still being dialed in. I think that two, maybe three have passed all the tests. Out of, I think, seven. And this is just on the Ford.
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    As an ex-Navy guy (1979-1985), the problems with the Ford have been very frustrating.

    And then there's the Zumwalt Class destroyer.

    And the Littoral Class Ships (LCS), both variants; The Freedom Class and the Independence Class.

    SMDH.
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