June 13, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - EDO MBM Technology Ltd, a business unit of EDO Corporation, has achieved flight certification for F-16 pylon umbilicals equipped with its Field Replaceable Connector System (FRCS).
EDO MBM developed the FRCS in response to the degraded operational capability resulting from high separation loads and subsequent harness (& pylon) damage being universally experienced during "smart" Mil-Std-1760 weapon release. FRCS prevents connector jamming, ensures low and consistent separation loads, and is fully field replaceable/repairable.
FRCS-equipped umbilicals were first used during the UK "Urgent Operational Requirement" integration of Enhanced Paveway II onto Harrier GR7 and are now under full production for RAF Tornado GR4 and Harrier GR9.
EDO MBM developed the F-16 application with improved routing of the umbilical through the pylon to further assist weapon loading. Umbilicals are now certified for 100 eject releases, an order of magnitude improvement that more than justifies the cost of embodiment. The capability is now being offered to F-16 operators worldwide.
Certification is in progress for several other NATO
FRCS is on display at EDO Corporation's stand E9 in Hall 3 of the international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.
EDO MBM Technology Ltd produces weapon carriage and release systems, rugged portable computers and flexible circuits for the aerospace and defense industries.