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An evaluation of the T-6A Texan (JPATS) initial functional performance of the CFIS laser assemblies
Author(s): Thomas J. Blachowski; George Eccard; Travis Thom
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Paper Abstract

The Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (IHDIV, NSWC) CAD Engineering Division is conducting a program to evaluate the laser components which comprise the Canopy Fracturing Initiation System (CFIS) currently installed on the T-6A Texan or JPATS (Joint Primary Aircraft Training System) aircraft. The T-6A Texan is the first aircraft used by the military to train future pilots. The CFIS is an element of the pilot emergency escape system which weakens the canopy in the path of the ejection seat. The CFIS is comprised of three differing configurations (Internal, External, and Seat Motion) which generate a laser pulse that is distributed through a fiber optic energy transmission system. This pulse, in turn, initiates explosive components which weaken the respective canopies. All of the CFIS laser types are flashlamp-pumped, neodymium glass lasers which are located at various positions in the aircraft cockpit area. This paper builds on the previous 2008 SPIE paper (Conference 7070) and presents further CAD Engineering Division test results and analysis which were utilized to evaluate the functional performance of the three CFIS laser signal generators after their being installed fleet applications over a period of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7434, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V, 743402 (29 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828264
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Blachowski, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
George Eccard, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Travis Thom, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7434:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V
Fred M. Dickey; Richard A. Beyer, Editor(s)

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