Monday, October 5, 2020

U.S. Navy’s next-gen advanced arresting gear system starts performance testing with Goshawk

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has announced the T-45C Goshawk aircraft began Navy’s next-generation Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) performance testing at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The new advanced arresting gear system, or AAG, will replace the traditional arresting cable on the Ford-class aircraft carrier flight deck.

Series of testing with Goshawk jet trainer ensures the new recovery system can support the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) air wing.

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In April, the trainer aircraft completed 60 arrestments at RALS during a five-day, risk-reduction test period utilized to evaluate AAG system integrated performance. By the end of this year, the AAG Program is scheduled to release formal approval authorizing T-45 Type Model Series aircraft flight operations on CVN 78.

The AAG system is designed to arrest a greater range of aircraft, reduce the fatigue impact load to the aircraft, and provide higher safety margins while reducing manpower and maintenance.

According to a recent report, the Navy’s next-generation AAG systems also will work with propeller aircraft: C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, and jet aircraft: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler to perform flight operations aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

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