The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, N.J. has started to recover the Grumman E-2 and C-2 series of carrier-borne aircraft.
This phase of AAG testing follows 310 arrestments conducted using dead-loads, weighted sleds representative of these aircraft, at the nearby Jet Car Track Site (JCTS). The testing, which is expected to be completed this summer, will include both roll-ins and fly-ins, and numerous test points to validate AAG’s ability to safely arrest the aircraft. At the conclusion of this phase of testing, the C-2A, E-2C and E-2D will be cleared to commence manned aircraft testing aboard CVN 78. The sequential land-based testing will be completed for all aircraft types – first at JCTS, then RALS, prior to landing aboard the carrier.
The software-controlled AAG is a modular, integrated system that consists of energy absorbers, power conditioning equipment and digital controls, with architecture that provides built-in test and diagnostics, resulting in lower maintenance and manpower requirements. AAG is designed to provide higher reliability and safety margins, as well as to allow for the arrestment of a greater range of aircraft and reduce the fatigue impact load to the aircraft.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy
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