Aircraft weapon systems

Aircraft weapon systems


Ultra’s airborne compressors provide a continuous source of high pressure pure air to cool the infrared seekers of an aircraft’s missiles, keeping them ready for action. Ultra’s systems also provide a controllable energy source for pneumatic ejection of aircraft munitions whilst meeting the emerging requirement for launching increased quantities of smart munitions.

Aircraft weapon systems capabilities & products

Weapons ejection
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Ultra supplies a range of integrated high pressure pure air generators (HiPPAG™) for the supply of high-pressure dry air for use within pneumatic cold-gas stores ejection systems.

HiPPAG™ 500 Series systems are designed to meet the demanding requirements of precision ejection systems and provide flexibility of installation within ejector racks, aircraft pylons or in internal weapons bays on high-performance manned and un-manned military aircraft platforms. Each HiPPAG™ compressor system comprises a high pressure compressor module featuring a highly efficient brushless DC motor, a filter module with a desiccant filter cartridge and a compact electronic control unit. HiPPAG™ sensors control the system pressure within a set band to ensure accurate and repeatable release characteristics.

The HiPPAG™ 500 Series can also be offered with a multi-way solenoid manifold valve and accumulator and fast-acting valve modules for a complete ‘induction to ejection’ pneumatic system solution. Ultra is at the forefront of developments in cold-gas ejection systems, its systems having been selected for demanding programmes such as: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, BRU-61 small diameter bomb carriage system, X-45 J-UCAS demonstrator, F-15E Strike Eagle cost operational support savings initiative.

Seeker cooling
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HiPPAG™, high pressure pure air generator, for infrared detector cooling is an integrated pure air compressor and filtration system which is designed to replace rechargeable gas bottles. HiPPAG™ has proven its reliability in-service on key US Navy and NATO platforms. HiPPAG™ draws in atmospheric air to provide a continuous supply of high pressure pure air, which results in unlimited mission duration and eliminates the logistics burden associated with gas bottles. HiPPAG™ generates the gas where it is needed, within the launcher, and reliably purifies it to the very highest standards. Gas is always available ‘on-demand’ and the potential sources of contamination are eliminated.