President Trump on Tuesday doubled down on a favorite criticism of new technology — the electric catapults built by San Diego-based General Atomics for the Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers.

Speaking aboard the USS Wasp during his trip to Japan, the President said that while the new catapults are faster, they are too complicated and too expensive.

“I think I’m going to put an order,” Trump said. “When we build a new aircraft carrier, we’re going to use steam…We don’t need that extra speed.”

Though famous for his Twitter posts, Trump doesn’t use email and has repeatedly criticized the use of computers in modern society.

Although there have been development problems, the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System is operational on the USS Gerald R. Ford and planned for the future USS John F. Kennedy and USS Enterprise.

The technology is designed to launch aircraft faster, and with less stress on their airframes.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.