AAG completes barricade arrestment test
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ (GA-EMS') Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system has successfully executed an exploratory aircraft barricade arrestment in Lakehurst, New Jersey, the company announced on 29 March.
The test is part of work to qualify the AAG system - a turbo-electric system designed for the controlled deceleration of aircraft - for barricade use on board the US Navy’s Ford-class aircraft carriers.
The test was performed by the US Naval Air Systems Command using an E-2C+ Hawkeye aircraft, which was accelerated to a representative arresting speed into the barricade, where the net attached to the AAG via stanchions caught the aircraft and brought it safely to a stop. The E-2C+ Hawkeye weighs approximately 46,500lb.
The AAG recently completed a series of roll-in and fly-in arrestments for both prop and jet aircraft at the Lakehurst site. This test verified the system’s emergency barricade arrestment capabilities when standard aircraft recovery cannot be executed.
Barricade systems are installed on all US aircraft carriers for use only when required. While no at-sea barricade testing of aircraft using the AAG system is planned, ship personnel routinely practice rigging barricades for emergency situations as part of their normal training and operations procedures.
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