Advanced Arresting Gear underway.
General Atomics has received a $95.8 million contract for system development and demonstration of a shipboard-representative Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). The system will be installed at Naval Air Systems Command facilities in Lakehurst, N.J., beginning in 2006, and testing with unmanned test vehicles is expected to begin in 2007. Land-based aircraft testing is slated for 2009, and initial shipboard operations expected by 2014. The AAG will be retrofitted into existing Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and installed in follow-on types as they are built. Designed to meet the needs of Navy air wings through 2045, the AAG will be able to recover heavier and faster aircraft as well as unmanned aerial vehicles that may enter the fleet in the future.
EDITED BY WENDY LELAND