Honestly? Then I would find that most difficult to believe. I am no expert when it comes to aircraft engineering, but it is my understanding that most aircraft do not have the structual integrity for Carrier Operations, and therefore an arrester hook would simply be surplus to requirement adding both weight and drag.
But as I said, I'm no expert in that field old chap and am open to correction.
The arrestor hooks get used on airfields too: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... _cable.jpg
Airbases have several miles of run out vs. carrier's handful of meters, which is why F-16's tailhook is smaller than say F-18 or F-14. Landing on a carrier would probably rip it off.
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