Realizing the Armament Test Gap
Today, 4(th) generation aircraft, from the A-10 to the F-18, are equipped with smart (MIL-STD 1553 and 1760) weapons technology and enhanced legacy weapons. Yet, maintainers are still required to use the same or similar armament circuits preload test sets (ACPTS) combined with big-box test equipment fielded to verify that these sophisticated armament and munitions systems are full mission-capable (FMC). This test approach falls short in delivering the capabilities needed to support today's smart weapons because existing test equipment can't fully or accurately test the armament and aircraft interfaces. The testing shortfall creates an armament test gap.
"Using reliable, MIL-STD 1760-capable test equipment bridges the armament test gap, ensuring higher levels of mission readiness and reduced sustainment costs for the US and other nations who operate the same aircraft," said Major General
The MTS SmartCan™ is the only flightline test set capable of fully emulating smart weapons such as JDAM; and, it allows technicians to test the MIL-STD 1760 bus interface between the armament and aircraft - ultimately overcoming the armament test gap. The hand-held, AA battery-operated SmartCan™ flightline test set weighs less than three pounds and packs the capability to conduct full pre- and post-load operations as well as possessing pre- and post-flight audio and video channels for troubleshooting legacy systems such as AIM-9 and AGM-65. It can be tailored and expanded to accommodate armament loaded on any A-10, F-15, F-16, or F-18 aircraft, and can assist in the troubleshooting of specific issues with the aircraft. Additionally, Marvin Test Solutions engineers can load specific maintenance fault codes into the SmartCan™ when requested by customers. The MTS-3060 SmartCan™ Universal O-level Test Set is successfully qualified and deployed today on TA and FA-50, F-16 Block 15 and Block 50, and F-15C aircraft as well as other legacy aircraft such as the F-5. Marvin Test Solutions also plans to deploy the SmartCan™ on 5(th) generation aircraft.
Building on a History of Expertise
For 25 years, Marvin Test Solutions has provided military- and commercial-off-the-shelf test solutions that are military-ready, offer aerospace-quality performance, and lower the overall cost of maintenance and sustainment. Today's SmartCan™ solution joins the ranks of other proven Marvin Test Solutions equipment currently deployed or ready to deploy on platforms such as the F-35, F-22, A-10, F-15, F-16, F-18, TA-50, FA-50, F-5, Hawk, and UASs.
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Keywords for this news article include: Aerospace, Marvin Test Solutions.
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