NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Huntington Ingalls Industries released a video on Wednesday of a pier-side test of the future USS Gerald R. Ford’s aircraft landing system.
The video shows a F-18 Super Hornet flying past the Ford numerous times. Officials say the aircraft flew within 500 feet to test the carrier’s Precision Aircraft Landing System (PALS).
This system is an upgraded version of what is already used on the Navy’s Nimitz-class carriers.
Rolf Bartschi, Newport News’ vice president of CVN 78 carrier construction, said, “This test program ensures that the systems are working together as they were designed to work before we take the ship to sea.”
The USS Gerald R. Ford is slated to be the first in a new generation of aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy. Completion of the carrier is reportedly two years behind schedule.
According to reports from CNN, delivery of the carrier could be pushed back to 2017.