During a Republican fundraiser dinner on Tuesday, President
Donald Trump railed against the new catapult technology on Navy
aircraft carriers, The Washington Post
reported on Thursday.
Trump likened the Navy’s new Electromagnetic
Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) — a system that uses stored
kinetic energy and solid-state electrical power conversion to
launch aircraft — to a car’s seat controls.
“It’s like when you get a new car and you have to be a computer
genius to fix your seat,” Trump said, according to people who
attended the dinner. “The seat’s moving all over the place, it’s
Trump initially broached the subject in May, in an interview with
TIME: “You know the catapult is quite important,” Trump said.
“So I said what is this?”
“It sounded bad to me,” Trump continued. “Digital. They have
digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to
be Albert Einstein to figure it out.”
Despite Trump’s suggestion that the Navy should use an
outdated steam-based catapult system to launch its aircraft, the
Navy decided to equip it’s state-of-the-art aircraft Ford-class
aircraft carrier with the EMALS.
Compared to its steam-based counterpart, the EMALS catapult
system would take up less space, speed up an aircraft’s launch,
and lower maintenance costs, according to Breaking