106 F/A-18 Armament Section

106.1 State the objective of the Explosive Qualification and Certification Program

To ensure military and civilian personnel are qualified / certified in the safe handling, stowage and transportation of ordnance in which they are associated with.

106.2 State the purpose of suspension/accessory equipment.

To suspend single stores, bombs, and a variety of missile launchers.

106.3 State the purpose of an impulse cartridge (Cartridge Actuated Devices (CADS)

To eject single stores and a variety of weapons from the aircraft.

106.4 State the purpose of the following types of free-fall weapons/stores:

A) Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs)- Free fall weapon containing several small bomblettes used against armored vehicles.

B) Fire bombs- Used against dug in troops.

C) Air-laid Mines- Used to defend our straights, port approaches and coastal barriers.

D) Glide weapons- Designed to deliver self guided high explosive weapons from the attacking aircraft. Does not have a rocket motor (propulsion section)

E) Pyrotechnics- Used for signaling, marking, and search and rescue.

F) Practice Bombs- Inexpensive way to keep our pilots trained.

106.5 Define the following acronyms:

A) AIM- Air-launched intercept-aerial guided missile. (Air intercept missile).

B) AGM- Air-launched surface-attack guided missile. (Air to ground missile).

C) CATM- Captive air training missile.

D) HERO- Hazards of electromagnetic radiation to ordnance.

1) OP3565 is the main hero manual.

2) NAVAIR11-1-529 (not as in-depth as OP3565)

106.6 Describe the application of the following types of bombs:

A) Retarded- slows the weapon down before it gets to the target in order to allow the jet to get away from bomb. Used for low level bombing missions.

B) Nonretarded- No means to slow bomb down. Used in high level bombing missions where the pilot and aircraft are safe from the bombs detonation.

106.7 Explain the significance of the following color coding on weapons:

A) Yellow- Missile is a high explosive. (Can be seen from afar).

B) Brown- Missile has a live rocket motor.

C) Blue- Inert and for training use only.

106.8 Define the following types of weapon guided systems:

A) Active- missile is self-guiding and works by itself.

1) Sends and receives its own signal.

B) Semi-active- Needs independent or external source to track and lock on target.

1) Any a/c can send out a signal to target and missile receives the signal back to lock on to target.

C) Passive- Heat seeking infrared.

1) Locks onto heat.

106.9 Describe the purpose of chaff and flares as countermeasure devices.

A) Chaff - Very fine pieces of metal that are expelled into the airway.

1) Used for radar guided missiles.

2) Degrades launching missiles target lock.

3) F/A-18 can carry four buckets of chaff / each bucket carries 30 tubes.

B) Flares - Used for heat seeking infrared missiles.

1) F/A-18 can carry four buckets of flares / each bucket carries 30 flares.

2) A flare reaches 4000 degrees Fahrenheit.