The first C-2A Greyhound has been recovered by the advanced arresting gear (AAG) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 24. It marks the start of performance testing of the system for use with the C-2A, as well as the E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
The testing is carried out to ensure that the system can support the full USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) air wing. Testing is expected to be completed this summer and will include both roll-ins and fly-ins, in addition to numerous test points to validate AAG’s ability to safely arrest the aircraft.
When it is completed, C-2A, E-2C and E-2D will be cleared to commence manned aircraft testing aboard CVN 78.
This phase of AAG testing with real aircraft follows 310 arrestments conducted using dead-loads and weighted sleds representative of these aircraft at the nearby Jet Car Track Site (JCTS), New Jersey.
May 30, 2018