Video Release--Pier-Side Testing on Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Nears Completion


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 10, 2016) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully tested the Precision Aircraft Landing System (PALS) on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). PALS is a radar system that provides final approach and landing guidance to aircraft to ensure successful landings on the flight deck.

A special instrumented F-18 Super Hornet flew within about 500 feet of Gerald R. Ford 10 times during the testing, which verifies the proper functionality, alignment and operation of the PALS equipment and its subsystems. While the PALS technology is used on Nimitz-class carriers, Gerald R. Ford’s system is upgraded and modified for the new class’ island location and other design and technology changes. The dual band radar, also new to the Ford class, supported testing of the PALS.

“Aircraft landing precision is at the core of an aircraft carrier’s mission,” said Rolf Bartschi, Newport News’ vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. “This test program ensures that the systems are working together as they were designed to work before we take the ship to sea.”

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 35,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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Newport News Shipbuilding Communications
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