Flight Test Techniques Employed in the Nimrod MR Mk 2 Weapon System Performance Trials,
AEROPLANE AND ARMAMENT EXPERIMENTAL ESTABLISHMENT BOSCOMBE DOWN (ENGLAND)
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The Nimrod MR Mk 2 represents a large step forward in antisubmarine warfare ASW technology. Therefore aircraft operators need to know not only how accurately the new systems and sensors work, but also the best ways in which to use the overall system as a fighting machine. AAEE Boscombe Down and the RAF Central Tactics and Trials Organisation joined forces to assess the ASW performance of the Nimrod in as near an operational environment as possible. The paper shows how the potential accuracy of the Nimrods ASW system had to be matched by the precision of trials data collection, in the air and both on and below the sea surface. To gain such precision, the aircraft were extensively instrumented and the majority of the trials were conducted at the AUTEC Range in the Bahamas. The paper continues by explaining how the trials analysis technique had to match the variety of combinations of the data which were needed to make a statement on overall system performance.