EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT

00:Home

10:Aircrafts

20:Carriers

30:Bases

40:Maps

50:R.O.E.

60:Crews

70:More

80:Story

90:Missions

11:Weapons

12:Armament

13:Targets

2017-11-20











   
AIRCRAFT  CARRIER  EQUIPMENT
  
 

00:AC Eqpt

01:Catapult

02:Mirror

03:Cables

04:Barrier

05:Deck Lights

06:Radars

07: AA Guns

08: AM

709 ShipSpeed


 
   
- -
 

EMERGENCY  CRASH  BARRIER

 

In order to make aircraft carriers as autonomous as possible, they have to be able to respond to all kinds of situation, including manage aircrafts unable to land using the arresting cables.  To cater for such a circumstance, a crash barrier may be deployed accross the deck, beyond the arresting cables area.
 
The barrier is made of nylon strips hung between nylon cables, and these cables are wound around braking winches, thus a concept similar to arresting cables.
 
As may be seen on the photo on the left, crew prepare a net to be attached to two arms (one is visible, flush with deck, just above the yellow cart and below the last two arresting cable winches) which will then raise into position.
 
On other carriers, it may be positioned further forward on the deck, around the fore

part of the conning tower like on the French Foch class carriers.  So the actual positioning of this system may vary slightly from one carrier to the other and we still lack background data to be any more precise concerning the precise position of the barrier on British carriers or on the US Navy Essex class carriers.

This system is extremely strong and can handle any kind of aircraft as illustrated by this RA-5C Vigilante taking the barrier (the RA-5C was of the heaviest if not the heaviest aircraft regularly operated from carriers by the US Navy).  This landing process however is much more brutal than the arresting cables system  and it often

inflicts severe damages to the airframe involved, besides blocking an aircraft carrier deck for some time as the saved aircraft is most likely to loose bits and pieces on deck or even catch fire.   The above picture shows such an emergency landing by day in seemingly fair weather, but the same scene has to be imagined by night in foul weather : anything that may go wrong might very well happen that way.  Inviting the pilot to eject in close proximity of plane guard assistance would not necessarily be an unreasonable alternative.
-   -
Crash Barrier in Atlantic Air Combat
A crash barrier will be available in AAC to cater for similar (damaged aircraft) or more fantasy (non carrier compatible aircrafts) circumstances.   Whether raised like a jet blast deflector from a flat position on deck or extended from a side stowed position is yet to be defined, but as such it's a "moving part" associated with carriers (and selected runways).
 
 
___________