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F/A-18D (RC)/ATARS flight test update
Author(s): P. Scott White; Lori A. M. Gallo; Robert Borland; William B. De Groh; John L. Minor
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Paper Abstract

In June 1994, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps restructured the F/A-18D (RC) ATARS program. McDonnell Douglas Aerospace was selected as the prime contractor responsible for overall program management and integration of the ATARS with the F/A-18D (RC) weapon system. Loral Fairchild Systems (LFS) was selected as the subcontractor responsible for ATARS subsystem development and integration. The first part of the restructured program was called Element One and was a ten month risk reduction program ending in April 1995. The primary objective of Element One was to resolve the critical ATARS anomalies found during previous flight testing. In order to resolve these anomalies, MDA and LFS concurred that additional flight test data was required. In November/December 1994, eight flights were flown with a high fidelity instrumentation system to gather the additional data required for evaluation of the anomalies. Using this data, along with previously collected data, design 'fixes' were implemented to correct several of the system anomalies. In April 1995 and May 1995, approximately four flight tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of these design 'fixes.' A period of two months for flight tests was planned for July-August 1995 to complete this evaluation. This presentation describes the testing and results through May 1995 of the Element One flight test program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 2555, Airborne Reconnaissance XIX, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218614
Show Author Affiliations
P. Scott White, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Lori A. M. Gallo, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Robert Borland, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
William B. De Groh, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
John L. Minor, Loral Fairchild Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2555:
Airborne Reconnaissance XIX
Wallace G. Fishell; Arthur A. Andraitis; Paul A. Henkel; Alfred C. Crane, Editor(s)

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