The Airspeed Low Drag Electronics Pod provides a Military Off The Shelf (MOTS) solution for the rapid integration of mission payloads on military fast jets, turboprop trainers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) and helicopters.
The pod offers wide carriage limits up to M1.5 and 735 knots calibrated airspeed (KCAS) with an avionics payload up to 200 pounds (91 kg).
Rather than a conventional metallic shell and forward-facing radome, the complete exterior of the Low Drag Electronics Pod is a composite shell optimised for low electromagnetic loss at frequencies up to 18 GHz.
The key to the rapid integration philosophy for the Low Drag Electronics Pod is the highly refined aerodynamic profile employing natural laminar flow principles to ensure that the carriage of the airborne equipment pod does not generate shock waves or affect the aerodynamic streamlines at adjacent pylon stations or aircraft structure. This avoids expensive requalification flight testing when, for example, the airborne equipment pod is added to an existing aircraft configuration including external stores such as ordnance and fuel tanks.
The Low Drag Electronics Pod has been rigorously and formally qualified to MIL-STD-810F including the following environmental tests: Blowing Sand & Dust, Salt Fog, Blowing Rain, Vibration, Tropical Exposure and Temperature, Altitude and Humidity. Copies of the test reports are available upon request.
The Airspeed Low Drag Electronics Pod offers a low-risk, rapid integration path for mission-specific payloads on the broadest possible range of military aircraft. Compatibility Data Packages (CDP’s), fulfilling the requirements of MIL-HDBK-1763 and addressing all pertinent certification areas have been prepared for a variety of pod configurations and aircraft types including Boeing F/A-18 ‘Classic’ and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, General Dynamics F-111, BAE Systems Hawk and Pilatus PC-9/A.
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