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Sustaining airpower: U.S., Coalition Airmen conduct aircraft arresting system test

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Andy M. Kin
  • 407th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs

SOUTHWEST ASIA – Electrical power production technicians assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron recertified the aircraft arresting system
, in Southwest Asia. The AAS is required to be certified annually to ensure its ability to actively stop a fighter aircraft experiencing an in-flight emergency and needs to stop during takeoff or landing.

The AAS consists of a large cable that stretches the width of the runway, which catches the aircraft’s arresting hook. Two Barrier Arresting Kit-12 units on either side reel in the cable and keep tension on it.

Power production technicians conducted the AAS engagement with an Italian Air Force AMX  A-11 Ghibli aircraft.

“There are a number of different reasons a pilot can call an in-flight emergency,” said Staff Sgt. Brandon Cordle the NCO in charge of aircraft arresting systems. “Pilots safety is our number one concern so were ready for whatever.”

Firefighters assigned to the 407th ECES were also on scene as they provide recovery operations and aided the egress and medical evaluation of the pilot.

The 407th Air Expeditionary Group continues building relationships with our coalition partners and strives to provide the best support to execute, generate, and sustain combat air power in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.