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Aircraft Hangar Fire Suppression System Design Study
NAVY TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR SAFETY AND SURVIVABILITY WASHINGTON DC
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The Navy and other military service branches within the Department of Defense are responsible for the fire protection of Department of Defense assets. These assets include high value military aircraft that are maintained and repaired in high bay aircraft hangars. These aircraft are essential elements of a strategic military force whose mission is unparalleled by commercial aircraft. Previously, the Navy adopted fire protection standards embodied in industry standards for commercial aircraft protection. However, over time the Navy recognized the unique considerations that should be given to protecting vital assets, and that these considerations were not adequately addressed in the standards they were adopting. The Navy identified a fundamental performance goal for its hangar fire protection systems. This goal was the installation of a reliable and easily maintained fire protection system, which prevents damage to the hangar structure and to the aircraft not directly involved in an initial spill fire ignition scenario. This resulted in a multi-year study to address all technical issues associated with meeting this goal.
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