The T-45C Goshawk has started Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) performance testing at the US Navy Runway Arrested Landing Site.
The US Navy say in a release that this series of testing ensures the new recovery system can support the USS Gerald R. Ford’s air wing.
“In April, the trainer aircraft completed 60 arrestments at RALS during a five-day, risk-reduction test period utilized to evaluate AAG system integrated performance.
By the end of this year, the AAG Program is scheduled to release formal approval authorising T-45 Type Model Series aircraft flight operations on CVN 78.”
The T-45 Goshawk is a highly modified version of the BAE Systems Hawk land-based training jet aircraft. Manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and BAE Systems, the T-45 is used by the United States Navy as an aircraft carrier-capable trainer.