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Andersen AFB replaces jet landing “safety net”

The 36th Civil Engineer Squadron removes an old Barrier Arresting Kit from the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft.

The 36th Civil Engineer Squadron removes an old Barrier Arresting Kit from the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Lawson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy repair section chief, signals to a crane operator to lift a new Barrier Arresting Kit on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft.

Master Sgt. Jeremy Lawson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy repair section chief, signals to a crane operator to lift a new Barrier Arresting Kit on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks)

Master Sgt. Jeremy Lawson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy repair section chief, signals to the crane operator as he gets the new Barrier Arresting Kit into position at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft.

Master Sgt. Jeremy Lawson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy repair section chief, signals to the crane operator as he gets the new Barrier Arresting Kit into position at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26, 2021. According to the technical order, BAK-12s are overhauled and replaced every ten years. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line and, in the case of an in-flight emergency, acts as a mechanical barrier that rapidly decelerates a landing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Brooks)

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam (AFNS) --

The 36th Civil Engineer Squadron replaced two Barrier Arresting Kits on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, April 26. The BAK-12 is an Aircraft Arresting System that acts as a mechanical barrier capable of rapidly decelerating a landing aircraft. The BAK-12 feeds a cable across the flight line to catch jets and is capable of withstanding 180 knots of force, or 207 miles per hour.

“The purpose of the BAK-12 is to save the pilots life in the case of an emergency,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Tindley, 36th CES barrier maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge. “If their brakes were out, or if there was some sort of damage that prevented them from stopping on the runway, we have our aircraft arresting systems that can come in and take the cable to save the pilot and the equipment.”

With lives on the line, preventative maintenance is critical for these systems. However, a BAK-12 replacement doesn’t happen very often. In fact, depending on which base they’re assigned to or when the aircraft arresting system was last replaced, many CES Airmen can go their entire careers without getting the opportunity to be a part of one.

“We are replacing the arresting system because in our technical orders there is a service life before it has to get overhauled,” Tindley said. “Just like on a vehicle, after so many miles the engine needs to get overhauled. It’s the same with these, but the requirement on the aircraft arresting system is once every ten years.”

Without the BAK-12, Andersen AFB would not be able to host stateside or foreign allied fighter jets. This capability makes it possible for Andersen AFB to further operationalize the base, project airpower, expand combat capability and strengthen partnerships from the forward edge of the Indo-Pacific region.

“It provides air superiority, deterrence and freedom of movement, whether it’s refueling or whether it’s airlift,” said Master Sgt. Robert Smith, 36th CES facility systems superintendent. “Also, what I find most important is that combat sortie generation piece. You can’t have fighters without aircraft arresting systems.

“We have four permanently installed BAK-12s; two on each runway,” Smith continued. “We also have a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System that we use on Northwest Field. The MAAS is the BAK-12 system, but on a mobile trailer. During (exercise) Cope North, our arresting system enabled the first fifth-generation fighter ops and the first fighter sorties from an austere location in about 76 years. There were a lot of firsts out of Cope North and a lot of those things wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for an Aircraft Arresting System capability put in place.”

The BAK-12 is not limited to only fighters, but anything that is tail hook equipped. There are certain times of the year aircraft activate the barrier more frequently than others.

“Whenever we have exercises, because of the increased fighter jet traffic at the installation, there’s an increased chance for a jet to declare an in-flight emergency,” Smith said. “That’s where we come in, and we save the day. For Cope North 21, we caught an E-2 Hawkeye, F-15 Eagle and F-18 Hornet. We can catch anything. It doesn’t have to be an Air Force aircraft or a U.S. jet. It could be a multi-national partner; it could be a joint asset; really anything with a tail hook, we can catch.”

This BAK-12 replacement was Tindley’s third career replacement and his first time being a part of the planning process. He said it was a giant learning experience and he was confident and hopeful everything would go as planned.

“So far, everywhere I’ve been there have been in-flight emergencies that have called for barrier activation,” Tindley said. “These emergencies do happen, so it’s nice to have the safety net available in case and when they do. We’re saving the lives of countless pilots and millions of dollars of equipment.”

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