The electric motor-based Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system provides for aircraft deceleration during aircraft carrier recovery operations. AAG allows for arrestment of a broad range of aircraft, reducing manning and maintenance, and provides higher reliability and safety margins. AAG's design uses simple, proven energy-absorbing water turbines coupled to a large induction motor for fine control of the arresting forces.
The AAG system offers significant benefits over current recovery systems, including:
- Operational capability to recover projected air wing, with renewed service life margins
- Full compatibility with Nimitz-class and Ford-class carriers
- Higher availability
- Self-diagnosis and maintenance alerts
- Reduced manning and total ownership cost
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems' (GA-EMS) San Diego, California, facility houses an AAG Controls and Software Subscale Lab (SSL) to enable the delivery of fully tested controls, software and operator displays. The SSL represents a full shipboard network and subsystems to:
- Facilitate integration and full regression testing
- Provide cost-effective simulation of shipboard conditions to enable troubleshooting
- Improve the quality of software releases.