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Definition of Arresting gear

Arresting gear Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
See aircraft arresting gear.
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Arresting gear Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Arresting gear, or arrestor gear, describes mechanical systems used to rapidly decelerate an aircraft as it lands. Arresting gear on aircraft carriers is an essential component of naval aviation, and it is most commonly used on CATOBAR and STOBAR aircraft carriers. Similar systems are also found at land-based airfields for expeditionary or emergency use. Typical systems consist of several steel wire ropes laid across the aircraft landing area, designed to be caught by an aircraft's tailhook. During a normal arrestment, the tailhook engages the wire and the aircraft's kinetic energy is transferred to hydraulic damping systems attached below the carrier deck. There are other related systems which use nets to catch aircraft wings or landing gear. These barricade and barrier systems are only used for emergency arrestments for aircraft without operable tailhooks.

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