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Advanced Missile and Bomb Ejection Rack (AMBER)

Advanced Missile and Bomb Ejection Rack (AMBER)A multiple advanced missile and bomb ejector rack carriage system employs a carriage mountable to an air to ground (AG) bomb release unit (BRU) on an aircraft pylon. A single MIL-STD-1760 electrical interface is integral to the carriage and has a first power connection and first signal connection. Onboard carriage avionics are supported within the carriage and connected to the MIL-STD-1760 electrical interface. The onboard carriage avionics are adapted to receive communications from an aircraft central computer through the first power connection and first signal connection and provide store specific communications independent of specific original aircraft wiring to at least one ejector and store.

Existing methods to carry multiple Air-to-Air (AA) stores at a single aircraft pylon station require that multiple signal sets be carried from the aircraft stores management system (SMS) to each of the AA stores. This means additional long electrical routing paths to the pylon station given that the. SMS is centrally located on the aircraft. Additionally, this requires retrofit to existing aircraft if these additional signal sets and associated wire routing paths are not in place. Additionally, no carriage system exists that allows for integration of multiple AA or Air-to-Ground (AG) stores at a single weapon station using a common carriage structure and ejector racks.

It is therefore desirable to provide an improved carriage system having the ability to carry multiple AA or AG stores using standard mechanical and electrical interfaces without costly and time consuming modifications to a military aircraft.

Exemplary embodiments provide a multiple advanced missile and bomb ejector rack carriage system having a carriage mountable to an air to ground (AG) bomb release unit (BRI) on an aircraft pylon, A single MIL-STD-1760 electrical interface is integral to the carriage and has a first power connection and first signal connection. Onboard carriage avionics are carried within the carriage and connected to the MIL-STD-1760 electrical interface. The onboard carriage avionics are adapted to receive communications from an aircraft central computer through the first power connection and first signal connection and provide store specific communications independent of specific original aircraft wiring to at least one ejector and store.

The embodiments disclosed allow a method for operational deployment of selected stores of varying configuration wherein a carriage is mounted to an aircraft pylon having an AG BRU connected through a single MIL-STD-1760 connector. Communications from an aircraft central computer are received through the single MIL-STD-1760 connector to onboard carriage avionics with store specific communications. Instructions are transmitted via a communication bus from the onboard avionics independent of specific original aircraft wiring to at least one ejector rack and the store,

The Multiple Advanced Missile and Bomb Ejection Rack (AMBER) Carriage System which divides an existing standard electrical/mechanical interface at an aircraft pylon for communication with multiple AA or AG store types utilizing on-board carriage avionics. This requires no physical mechanical or electrical modification/retrofit to existing aircraft interfaces. Additionally, the Multiple AMBER Carriage System is configurable to accommodate multiple AA or AG stores utilizing a common carriage structure and ejector racks. Larger stores may require forward and aft staggering of the ejector racks which the Multiple AMBER Carriage System can accommodate.

AMBER carriage system eliminates the requirement for multiple non-UAI wiring harnesses and provides increased flexibility in stores mounting to the aircraft pylon is provided with electrical power and signal connections from the aircraft central computer. A power connection and signal connection are provided through the pylon. A second power connection a and second signal connection are provided through the pylon to the AG BRU. A carriage for the multiple AMBER carriage system mechanically interfaces with the AG BRU on the pylon thereby allowing retrofit of an aircraft for carrying a plurality of air to air (AA) and air to ground (AG) stores without substantial structural modification or addition of power and data wiring to the aircraft. The carriage may carry AMBER ejectors for either AA stores or AG stores. Alternatively, the carriage may carry AA LAUs for AA stores compatible with the existing aircraft wiring. Finally, the carriage may carry AA stores or AG stores which are compatible with direct connection through the AG BRU with AG ejectors.






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