CKU-5C/A Rocket Catapult Aces II Sled Test Program
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER INDIAN HEAD DIV MD
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The CADPAD Department at the Indian Head Division, NSWC in conjunction with the Joint CADPAD Program, conducted a series of five ACES II ejection seat tests using the CKU-5CA rocket catapult which has been developed to replace the current CKU-5BA rocket catapult. The system tests included F-15, F-16, and A-10 configuration ACES II ejection seats with large JPATS Case 6 and small LOIS anthropometric manikins that represented test conditions to evaluate the system compatibility of the revised rocket catapult design. Highlights of the system sled tests results, conducted by Goodrich AIP at the Hurricane Mesa Test Facility, and the Holloman Air Force Base High Speed Test Track are reviewed and key results presented. These results indicate acceptable system performance of the ACES II ejection seat with the upgraded CKU-5CA rocket catapult. Figure 1 is a test sequence photo from the A-10 CKU-5CA system test.