The Advanced Arresting Gear aircraft recovery system performed its first F/A-18E Super Hornet recovery as part of the AAG performance testing at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The U.S. Navy said Friday the test was conducted in an effort to verify the operational conditions of the AAG.
The system underwent more than 200 roll-in assessments and 1,300 dead-load arrestments before the performance test.
An aircraft recovery bulletin will be generated for the system to support testing with manned aircraft aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald Ford.
Capt. Stephen Tedford, aircraft launch and recovery equipment program manager, said the test sought to prepare the system for integration with the Navy’s new aircraft carriers.