Aircraft carriers boast some of the most impressive technology that the world has to offer. Not to mention that the mere concept of an aircraft carrier—a giant ship that airplanes can land and take off from—is pretty amazing in its own right.

Yet our military is far from finished when it comes to spectacular innovations. Take, for example, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which is based on the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford. Rather than launching crafts using steam, it utilizes electric currents to generate the energy needed.

The result? Not only is it a more efficient way to launch aircraft, but it’s ridiculously fast… and the test video is mind-blowing.

The U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is currently home to a new technology called the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS). It was “designed to expand the operational capability of the Navy’s future carriers,” according to AiirSource Military, which published a video of the device in action.

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While catapults to launch military aircraft into flight is nothing new, this device uses electromagnetic fields—as opposed to steam—to propel the U.S. Navy’s fighter jets into action, resulting in a faster, safer, more accurate, and more cost-effective launch.


To demonstrate the launch system’s power, the U.S. Navy held a test using sledges, or dummy vehicles.


The sledges are propelled at 180 knots, so they go shockingly far.

Check out the catapult in action—and watch what happens to the sledge once it hits the water…

No matter how sophisticated we think we might be, there’s nothing quite like the visceral simplicity of watching a massive aircraft carrier fire a powerful vehicle like a gun. Everybody can appreciate that!

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