Here again, the news is less about a specific vehicle than about something else: in this case, a catapult.
This isn't the medieval kind of catapult that launches big rocks against castle walls; rather it's the kind used on aircraft carriers to help get jet fighters and other planes up in the air from a very short runway. And this isn't the traditional steam-driven carrier catapult. This is the EMALS, the all-new electromagnetic aircraft launch system under development for the U.S. Navy for eventual deployment on the next-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.
In late November, for the very first time, this ground-based test version of the cutting-edge EMALS launched an F-35C, which is itself a next-generation (and wildly expensive, technologically challenged) strike fighter aircraft.