Subscribe Free
in Defence

IDEX: Collins Aerospace targets Middle East fighter seats

Posted 24 February 2021 · Add Comment

Collins Aerospace is looking at upgrading the F-15 and F-16 aircraft in the Middle East with its next generation ACES 5 ejection seats.

image: Collins Aerospace

“There are a lot of F-16s and F-15s flying in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. We continues to leverage innovative technologies to keep aircrew safe, reduce maintenance costs, and improve operational performance, as the new ACES5 has a lot more survivability at 450 knots,” a senior official at Collins Aerospace said on the sidelines of the ongoing IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi. Reports Jay Menon.

The ACES 5 features enhanced head, neck, arm and leg flail prevention, in addition to a load-compensating catapult based on the occupant’s weight. It reduces overall ejection-related major injuries to less than 5 percent and ejection-related spinal injuries to less than 1 percent. Moreover to reduce maintenance cost and timing, the entire seat can be removed from the cockpit without canopy removal, thereby increasing aircraft availability.
According to estimates, the Middle East has about 6,000 ACES II seats in operation.
“Our goal is to provide the best-performing ejection seat exceeding the most stringent safety requirements in the world today. The ACES 5 is in a class of its own and we couldn’t be more excited to begin fielding it while continuing the proud legacy of the ACES Family of Systems,” he said.

The U.S. Airforce recently awarded a US$700 million contract for the delta qualification, production and fielding of the next generation ejection seat for various fighter aircraft. Work is in progress and is expected to be completed Oct. 22, 2030. The first delivery order focuses on outfitting the USAF fleet of Boeing F-15s with the ACES 5 ejection seat.

Most recently, the seat was selected for the U.S. Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk trainer.

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Emirates' Economy Class customers can purchase up to three empty adjoining seats

Emirates' Economy Class customers can now purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight.

Rolls-Royce completes taxiing of its ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft

Rolls-Royce has completed the taxiing of its ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft, the latest milestone on its journey to becoming the world’s fastest all-electric plane.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launches automated refund process

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has launched an automated refund process that handles cash conversion refund requests within just one week, offering travellers an easy way to manage their bookings.

Abu Dhabi supports international COVID-19 testing efforts

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of Abu Dhabi’s healthcare sector, has announced that the emirate is supporting international testing efforts by offering laboratory testing for COVID-19 samples from outside

Spatial grows its production capacity with latest expansion

Spatial, a specialist in aviation training equipment, has recently announced its relocation to a bigger facility in RAKEZ.

Bombardier Challenger 350 jet most delivered in 2020

Bombardier has said its best-selling Challenger 350 aircraft was the most-delivered medium category business jet in 2020, making it the category leader for a seventh consecutive year.

EDGE SK2601300621
See us at
World Defence Show 2022Arab Aviation Summit BT1002230321DAS21_BTAviation MENA 2021Aviation Africa 2021 BTNN