204 Armament Systems
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204.1.1 State the purpose of the following components of the Stores Management System (SMS).
a. Armament control processor set- Multiplex data on the armament mux bus allows the armament computer to monitor and control the weapon station and gun system.
b. Command Launch Computer (CLC)- The command launch computer (CLC) controls and monitors the high speed anti-radiation missile (HARM).
c. Electrical fuzing power supply (PP-6419)- On BUNO 163427 THRU 165206 the electrical fuzing power supply provides the electrical fuzing function of the SMS for weapons requiring electrical fuzing. On BUNO 165207 AND UP the armament computer provides the electrical fuzing function to the SMS weapon requiring electrical fuzing.
204.1.2 Describe the following characteristics of the M61 20mm Gun system.
a. Rate of fire- High-6000 rounds per minute; Low-4000 rounds per minute.
b. Capacity- The system can accommodate a maximum of 578 rounds of 20mm ammunition.
c. Modes of operation- Depending on the mission objective, the gun can be operated in the Air-to-Ground (A/G) or Air-to-Air (A/A) modes.
204.1.3 State the purpose of the Countermeasures Dispensing system (AN/ALE-39/47).
The system provides protection for the aircraft against enemy radars and missiles by ejecting chaff, flares, or other jammer payloads.
204.1.4 State the basic armament configuration of the F/A-18 aircraft.
The basic armament configuration of the F/A-18 aircraft consists of LAU-116 missile launchers, wing tip mounted LAU-7 missile launchers, SUU-63 pylons, SUU-62 pylons, BRU-32 bomb racks and a M61 Gun.
204.1.5 State the basic characteristics of the following air to air missiles.
a. AIM-7 series (sparrow) guided missile- is a supersonic, radar guided, air-to-air weapon. Semi-active CW homing radar and hydraulically operated control surfaces direct and stabilize the missile on course.
b. AIM-9 series (sidewinder) guided missile- is a supersonic, air-to-air weapon, with a passive infrared target detection, proportional-navigation guidance, and torque-balance control system.
c. AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)- is a supersonic, air-to-air weapon, with active radar target detection and on-board inertial navigation guidance.
204.1.6 State the basic characteristics of the following air to ground missiles.
a. AGM-65 (maverick) series missile- is a guided, rocket propelled, air-to-ground missile for use against field fortifications, surface to air missile sites and armored vehicles. The forward section of the missile consists of a hermetically sealed guidance unit and main section.
b. AGM-84 (series) missile
1. Harpoon- is a long range, all weather anti ship missile. It can be launched at various altitudes, airspeeds, and aircraft attitudes and uses a low level cruise trajectory, active radar guidance and terminal maneuvering to destroy the target.
2. Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM)- is an air-to-ground guided missile designated for use against both stationary and mobile targets. The SLAM can be loaded with up to three pre-planned (PP) mission and one target of opportunity (TOO) mission.
c. AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)- is a passive supersonic, air-to-ground missile.
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