Recovery Systems


The ability to safely recover aircraft is vital to our military mission. As aircraft become more advanced, recovery procedures must be able to meet the demands with state-of-the-art technology. 

Current recovery systems include the carrier-based Mk-7 Mod 3/4 shipboard arresting gear system, which can stop a 50,000 pound aircraft in less than 350 feet; for air capable ships there is the Recovery Assist Secure and Traverse (RAST) system, which helps guide a helicopter to the deck and then secures the aircraft during the traversing phase to the hangar; for shore based arresting gear systems there is the M-31 expeditionary gear and the fixed E-28 system for air station runways. 

New recovery technology includes the Advanced Recovery Control (ARC) system and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG). The ARC system replaces the mechanical levers and pulleys on the current Mk-7 Mod 3/4 systems with an electronic control system, featuring a computer profile for each aircraft ensuring a smooth arrestment. 

Touch screen displays allow the Sailor to set each engine to the correct position to stop the aircraft safely as well as monitor engine diagnostics. On the new Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) ship, currently under construction, the Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse (ASIST) system provides real-time visual cues to position the aircraft over the Recovery Securing Device (RSD) without the need for a recovery assist cable.

Recovery products:

  • Mk-7 Mod 3/4 shipboard arresting gear and barricade 
  • Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse system (RAST) 
  • Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse system (ASIST) 
  • E-28 shore-based arresting gear 
  • M-31 expeditionary gear 
  • Advanced Recovery Control (ARC)