C4iSR: Air

US Navy sticks with AAG as future carrier arrestor system

31 January 2017

Senior US Navy (USN) officials have confirmed that the service will install the new Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system on the future USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) and subsequent Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers after ruling out a return to the legacy Mk 7 Mod 4 recovery system.

Developed by General Atomics in conjunction with the USN, the AAG is a new-generation turbo-electric arrestor system - consisting of energy absorbers, power conditioning equipment and digital controls - designed to deliver a number of benefits over the current Mk 7 Mod 3 and Mk 7 Mod 4 linear hydraulic arrestor gear systems.

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