New Recovery system for Aircraft Carriers

New Recovery system for Aircraft Carriers 19 October, 2016

Newly developed Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) trapped a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet combat aircraft. The US Navy announced on 14 October that the first manned aircraft test was conducted at the Runway Arrested Landing Site New Jersey. AAG is being built for the new US Navy carrier, USS Gerald R Ford, by General Atomics and ship builder Huntington Ingalls. New aircraft recovery system has undergone 1,300 dead-load arrestments and more than 200 roll-in arrestments before manned aircraft tests.

The current MK 7 hydraulic arresting system outfitted on the ten Nimitz-class aircraft carriers will be replaced on the Gerald Ford-class carriers by the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) unit for recovery operations. The AAG is designed for a broader range of aircraft, including UAVs, while reducing manpower and maintenance. Rotary engines which use simple energy-absorbing water turbines (or twisters) coupled to a large induction motor provide finer control of the arresting forces.

New Recovery system for Aircraft Carriers

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