| || Design qualification of an external store for a fighter aircraft
Author : Goley, V. B.;Dakshina Murthy, B.;Upadhya, K. Sadananda;Guhaprasad, N.
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:56(1) ; 2006 ; pp 103-113
Subject : 629.7 Aeronautics
Keywords : External store;Qualification tests;Radome;Fighter aircraft;Pod;Design and fabrication
Abstract : Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) has designed and developed an external store for fitment on a fighter aircraft. The external store has the poded structure and can be used for installation of a variety of payloads up to 250 kg. The mechanical details of the electronics to be fitted inside the pod can be worked out as per application. The pod has been designed keeping this in mind and based on the functional, mechanical, structural, and aerodynamic requirements. The designed and fabricated pod has undergone various qualification tests. The paper brings out the details of the pod design, and the various structural and environmental qualification tests carried out. The pod thus designed and qualified has been validated through carriage trials by fitting the pod on the platform intended for it. The pod is likely to be inducted into the Services shortly.