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Functional performance of the T-6A Texan (JPATS) CFIS laser detonator
Author(s): Thomas J. Blachowski; Travis Thom
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Paper Abstract

The Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (IHD NSWC) CAD Engineering Division is conducting a program to evaluate the laser and energetic components which comprise the Canopy Fracturing Initiation System (CFIS). This system is currently installed on the T-6A Texan II or JPATS (Joint Primary Aircraft Training System) aircraft. The T-6A Texan II 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 laser configurations (Internal, External, and Seat Motion) which generate a pulse that is distributed through a fiber optic energy transmission system. This pulse, in turn, initiates one of the system's explosive components, a detonator (specifically, the CCU-158/A Laser Initiated Detonator). This detonator transfers the signal to the remaining energetic components that, in turn, function to weaken their 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 SPIE papers (2008 - Conference 7070 and 2009 - Conference 7434, respectively) and presents the initial functional test results for the CFIS Laser Detonator. These functional test results provide the technical support to justify the useful lifetime of this energetic component while being installed in the T-6A Texan II aircraft under operational conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7795, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing VI, 779505 (21 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861430
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Blachowski, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Travis Thom, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7795:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing VI
Fred M. Dickey; Richard A. Beyer, Editor(s)

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