The Cobham Air Refuelling & Auxiliary Mission Equipment Division has successfully conducted the first firings of its new practice bomb carrier under a PV R&D programme. The CBLS (Carrier Bomb, Light Stores uses a highly efficient cold gas cartridge rather than pyrotechnic (hot gas) and greatly reduces the logistical and maintenance burden, reducing the need for rack cleaning, explosives storage and handling. The CBLS will enable aircraft such as the Hawk to be upgraded with a lighter carrier and reduce the amount of exotic material such as Cadmium used.
This innovative technology will undergo further ground testing with flight trials planned for October 2006 on an RAF Tornado.
Richard Tyson, Managing Director, Cobham Air Refuelling and Auxiliary Mission Equipment, said, “I am delighted with the progress we are making on this internally funded R&D programme. The new carrier will give our customers significant operational and logistical benefits, reinforcing our capability as a provider of complete wing-tip to wing-tip mission systems.”
Cobham plc is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced aerospace and defence systems for land, sea and air platforms. The company has five technology divisions and one in the service sector that collectively specialise in the provision of components, sub-systems and services that keep people safe, improve communications and enhance the performance of aerospace and defence platforms.
The Cobham Air Refuelling & Auxiliary Mission Equipment Division provides a nose-to-tail refuelling capability, from tactical tanking for helicopters, buddy-buddy and special operations to strategic tanking for deployment and sustainment of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The division also specialises in wing-tip to wing-tip mission systems for fast jets and rotorcraft, including external fuel tanks, missile launchers, pneumatic and pyrotechnic bomb ejection, defensive aid chaff and flare systems, pneumatic multi-store carriers and aerial targets.