Military Embedded Systems

Advanced Arresting Gear system completes testing


January 06, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of General Atomics.

LAKEHURST, N.J. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that High Cycle Testing of its Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system for Ford-class aircraft carriers was completed over a two-day period. High Cycle Testing was conducted on a single AAG system that is identical to the three systems aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford. Five F/A-18E/F Super Hornets were involved in the testing to simulate the operational tempo of carrier flight operations at sea.

AAG is a turbo-electric system designed for controlled and reliable deceleration of aircraft. High Cycle Testing is part of the verification and validation of AAG System requirements.

The AAG system test program has completed more than 5,000 arrestments at the land-based test facilities and 747 arrestments aboard CVN 78 during the ship’s initial sea trials, according to the company.

The U.S. Navy has also issued an Aircraft Recovery Bulletin for the fleet air wing, clearing the AAG system for use on all Ford-class carriers.



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