General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has successfully completed an aircraft arrestment made with advanced arresting gear (AAG).
GA-EMS has cooperated with the US Navy to conduct the arrestment of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the runway arrested landing site (RALS), located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Launch and recovery production programmes and AAG design and development director Dean Key said: "More than 1,200 successful dead load arrestments have been completed at the Jet Car Test Site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
"Now, with the arrestment of aircraft, we take an important step in verifying the dynamic controls and system performance as a whole."
AAG is a turbo-electric system designed for controlled and reliable deceleration during aircraft recovery operations on carriers.
It enables the arrestment of a wide range of aircraft and reduces the necessity of manpower and maintenance, offering higher reliability and safety.
AAG’s design features energy-absorbing water turbines paired to a large induction motor for fine control of the arresting forces.
Under a contract awarded to the company last year by the US Navy, AAG is currently installed into the pre-commissioning unit of the US Navy’s aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN 78).
It is scheduled for installation on the future John F Kennedy (CVN 79), which is currently being constructed.
General Atomics has also incorporated its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), which uses electromagnetic technology to launch aircraft from the deck of naval aircraft carriers.
EMALS is currently undergoing dead load testing on CVN 78. With AAG, EMALS is also scheduled for installation on CVN 79.
Last year, the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded a contract to General Atomics (GA) to conduct research, development, fabrication and testing of power supply modules that will be integrated on railgun pulse power containers.