US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) recently accepted its second advanced weapons elevator (AWE) as the service works through technological issues identified with the new equipment.
The elevators have been the subject of concern for several months now. In its annual report released on 31 January, the Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) noted problems with the elevators as well as overall sortie generations and reliability issues for equipment associated with aircraft operations.
“As of 30 September 2018, the development, installation, and delivery of the Advanced Weapons Elevators remains behind schedule,” the report said, noting that, at the time of the review, the navy had yet to accept delivery of any elevators due to the shipbuilder’s continued development of this first-of-a-kind system without a land-based prototype.
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