Navy Orders Advanced Arresting Gear for Next USS Enterprise
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy awarded a contract to General Atomics for a set of Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier.
Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $195.2 million contract option to General Atomics “for the manufacture, assembly, inspection, test and checkout of the advanced arresting gear for the CVN 80 shipset, including installation and checkout spares, repairs, technical data, and drawing changes,” the Defense Department said in a May 18 contract announcement.
CVN 80, the future USS Enterprise, will become the third ship to use the new arresting gear, which allows tailhook-equipped aircraft to land on aircraft carriers.
The AAG is installed on CVN 78, Gerald R. Ford, which is scheduled for acceptance trials later this month and commissioning this summer. The AAG has been tested extensively at a shore site in Lakehurst, N.J., but has not yet arrested an aircraft at sea.
The AAG also will be installed on CVN 79, the future USS John F. Kennedy. Development delays and cost increases led the Navy to consider reverting to the current Mark 7 arresting gear, but the service decided to stick with the AAG.
The work under this contract option is expected to be completed in September 2027.