General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear completes first fly-in aircraft recovery of F/A-18 Super Hornet during tests

SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ (GA-EMS’) Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system completed the first fly-in aircraft recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet military aircraft at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The F/A-18E fly-in recovery follows more than 200 successful roll-in test arrestments at the site since March, and more than 1,300 dead-load arrestments.

General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear completes first fly-in aircraft recovery of F/A-18 Super Hornet during tests
General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear completes first fly-in aircraft recovery of F/A-18 Super Hornet during tests

SAN DIEGO. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ (GA-EMS’) Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system completed the first fly-in aircraft recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornetmilitary aircraft at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The F/A-18E fly-in recovery follows more than 200 successful roll-in test arrestments at the site since March, and more than 1,300 dead-load arrestments.

“This marks another significant milestone in the successful demonstration and verification of AAG’s performance and capability,” GA-EMS President Scott Forney says. “We’re tracking to a very aggressive testing schedule, and this fly-in recovery marks a major step toward AAG readiness for on-board testing on the Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).”

General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear completes first fly-in aircraft recovery of F/A-18 Super Hornet during testsGeneral Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear completes first fly-in aircraft recovery of F/A-18 Super Hornet during tests

AAG is a turbo-electric system designed for controlled and reliable deceleration of aircraft recovery operations on carriers. AAG is installed onboard CVN 78 along with the GA-EMS Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which uses electromagnetic technology to launch aircraft from the deck of naval aircraft carriers. EMALS has completed system testing on CVN 78.

“The fly-in recovery of the F/A-18 Super Hornet illustrates AAG’s capabilities to perform as predicted, under conditions similar to today’s carrier operations,” Andy Gibbs, AAG chief engineer at GA-EMS, explains. “We’re collecting data to support the development of an Aircraft Recovery Bulletin, a critical step toward arresting the aircraft on CVN 78. We look forward to continuing success as the AAG system undergoes planned testing activities for additional aircraft types and models.”

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group researches, designs, and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ history of research, development, and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

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