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Pentagon, Navy aren’t touching Trump’s call to replace ‘no good’ launchers on aircraft carriers with ‘goddamned steam’ catapults

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“Pentagon, Navy aren’t touching Trump’s call to replace ‘no good’ launchers on aircraft carriers with ‘goddamned steam’ catapults” by Travis J. Tritten.

The Pentagon and Navy are staying mum a day after President Trump startled the defense community by saying he nixed the new aircraft launch system on Ford-class supercarriers.

Trump told Time magazine this week that he ordered the Navy to return to steam-powered catapults because the newly developed electromagnetic systems — a key upgrade to the $13 billion carriers — cost too much.

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