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28 August 2009 An evaluation of the T-6A Texan (JPATS) initial functional performance of the CFIS laser assemblies
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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.
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Thomas J. Blachowski, George Eccard, and Travis Thom "An evaluation of the T-6A Texan (JPATS) initial functional performance of the CFIS laser assemblies", Proc. SPIE 7434, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V, 743402 (28 August 2009);


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