Ach, me ache'n head!
: Wanted to give those whom info was requested
: of time to reply. Will now weigh in.
: The Ford class suffers from multiple
: problems with multiple systems. (Which is
: why every article seems to be pointing out
: something different. There are lots of
: problems. I have also read more than a few
: discussions where folks are simply
: speculating on stuff, and that adds to the
: With the catapults specifically, the problem
: is that they cause excessive vibration to
: the pylons for underwing stores on aircraft
: that rely on them...specifically the F/A-18
: Hornets and Super Hornets, and the EF-18
: Growlers. Consequently, they are not able
: to launch those aircraft when they are
: carrying any underwing stores. This problem
: was identified back in 2014, and by 2015 was
: both found to be a software issue, and the
: fix was predicted even then to require 2
: years. Articles on the problem from 2015
: predict the fix will be ready by 2017. They
: also state the Navy is/was so confident that
: it had correctly identified both the problem
: and the proper solution that it was
: proceeding ahead with installation of the
: system, since the software fix was going to
: correct the issue.
: It is now 2017, and the fix appears
: imminent. If/when applied and it should
: work, then this is all a tempest in a tea
: pot. If/when applied and it is not the
: solution after all, we will all roll our
: eyes and scream some more. The folks
: running the program took a deliberate
: gamble. We should know shortly if it paid
: Links to articles:
: 2015 Navy Times article on the subject:
: 2015 Defense Tech article on the problem:
: Current 2017 Ars Technica artile on the
: As to EMALS not being stealthy...It must be
: shielded so that it does not interfere with
: some of its own ship's systems. So, that is
: a largely "manufactured" concern.
: Believe me, there are plenty of more
: "real" issues to be worried about!
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: I used Google and agree with David: Every
: article seems to point out a different
: problem, which that author thinks is the
: biggest one. I hope somebody starts a new
: thread on this subject and weighs in on it.
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: I do NOT understand the Ford problems (other
: than them being a variation on
: "Nominative Determinism").
: They are things that could (and SHOULD )
: have been sorted out in on-shore prototypes.
: They built and on-shore catapult
: installation (and I ASSUME an on-shore
: munitions system and arrestor system) and
: those should have ironed the bugs out.
: As far as the catapult goes one of its
: selling points was that it could be adjusted
: to allow a more gentle, tailored
: acceleration to any craft being launched,
: which together with a more adjustable
: arrestor system would allow for less
: strengthening (i.e. weight) in naval
: aircraft and drones, helping to improve