The Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) program will supply Navy aircraft carriers with an electric motor based system that will replace the current MK 7 hydraulic system for aircraft deceleration during recovery operations. AAG allows arrestment of a broader range of aircraft, reduces manning and maintenance, and provides higher reliability and safety margins. GA’s design replaces the mechanical hydraulic ram with rotary engines using simple, proven energy-absorbing water turbines coupled to a large induction motor, providing fine control of the arresting forces.
The system provides significant benefits over current recovery systems
- Operational capability to recover projected air wing, with renewed service life margins
- Full compatibility with CVN 68-class and CVN 78-class carriers
- Higher availability
- Self-diagnosis and maintenance alerts
- Reduced manning and Total Ownership Cost (TOC)
The GA team is assembling full-scale prototype system components for testing