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Fighter Aircraft

fighter aircratFighter aircraft are high-performance military planes designed for air-to-air combat. They are characterized by their speed, maneuverability, and advanced weapon systems. Examples include the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-35 Lightning II. The industry is supported by air data test and calibration equipment, radar cross section equipment, mass properties instruments, temperature measurement instruments, torque and force measurement instruments, and heat flux sensors and thermocouples to ensure accurate performance measurements, weight distribution, temperature control, and structural integrity.


Physical Properties Systems

Mass properties instruments are used to measure and assess the weight distribution, center of gravity, and moments of inertia of fighter jets. This information is crucial for ensuring the stability, maneuverability, and overall performance of the aircraft. Mass properties instruments help in optimizing the aircraft’s design, balance, and control characteristics.

  • Airframe: fuselage, wings, tail, control surfaces
  • Airbourne Cameras and Sensors
  • Engines: main engines, auxiliary power unit (APU), fan blades, turbine blades
  • Fuel System: fuel tanks, piping, fuel management systems
  • Avionics and Electronics: communication equipment, navigation systems, radar systems
  • Weapons and Stores: missiles, bombs, external fuel tanks
  • Landing Gear: main landing gear and nose landing gear
Infiniscan rf systems radar cross section

RF Systems

Radar cross section (RCS) testing is used to measure and analyze the radar signature of fighter aircraft. It helps in evaluating and reducing the aircraft’s detectability by radar systems, making it more stealthy and reducing the chances of detection by enemy radar. RCS testing allows engineers to optimize the design and materials used in the aircraft to minimize its radar signature.

  • Airframe
  • External Stores: weapons, fuel tanks, additional equipment mounted on the fighter jet’s external hardpoints
  • Antennas: communication antennas, radar antennas, and electronic warfare antennas
  • Canopy and Cockpit
  • Wing and Control Surfaces
  • Internal Structure: support frames, bulkheads, equipment installations
Infiniscan rf systems radar cross section
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Avionics Systems

Air data test and calibration systems are used to test and calibrate the pitot tubes and static ports on the aircraft. These instruments measure the pressure and temperature of the air around the aircraft to provide accurate airspeed, altitude, and other related data. They are also used as Airspeed Indicators, to test and calibrate the airspeed indicators on the aircraft, they test and calibrate the altimeters on the aircraft. These instruments are also used as Vertical Speed Indicators to test and calibrate the vertical speed indicators on the aircraft, they measure the rate of change of altitude and provide a visual indication of the aircraft’s vertical speed, and are used to test and calibrate the angle of attack sensors on the aircraft.

  • Static Ports: measure the static pressure of the surrounding air
  • Pitot Tubes: measure the aircraft’s airspeed
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Igniter Circuit Testers

Specific systems and components requiring igniter circuit testers may vary depending on the model and its engine configuration. Igniter circuit testers are used as diagnostic tools to test the circuits and functionality of squibs throughout airframes. Here are some examples:

  • Fire Suppression Systems

Pressure and Temperature Systems

Temperature, torque, and force measurement instruments are used in fighter jets to monitor and evaluate various parameters during operation. They help detect and address any abnormal temperature levels, torque values, or force exertion that may indicate mechanical or operational issues. Accurate measurements from these instruments help maintain optimal performance and safety.

  • Engine
  • Avionics Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Cable Tensiometer Testing
  • Aircraft Tire Pressure Testing
  • Tachometer Calibration
  • Maintenance Tools and Equipment
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System

Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

By utilizing instrument cleaning and contamination prevention instruments, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the cleanliness, functionality, and reliability of various products and systems on a rotary-wing aircraft. Proper cleaning and contamination prevention help maintain optimal performance, extend the lifespan of components, and reduce the risk of system failures or malfunctions due to contaminants.

  • Avionics and Instrumentation: cockpit displays, control panels
  • Optical Systems: cameras, sensors, lenses
  • Sensors and Probes: airspeed sensors, temperature sensors, angle of attack sensors, pressure sensors.
  • Filters and Ventilation Systems
  • Cabin Air systems
  • Pilot oxygen and life support equipment
Model 3646 Portable Instrument Cleaning System
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S

Thermal Systems

Heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples are used in fighter jets to monitor and assess thermal conditions. They help detect and manage issues such as excessive heat generation, thermal stress, or cooling inefficiencies. By providing real-time temperature data and heat transfer measurements, these sensors contribute to the safe and effective operation of the fighter jet.

  • Engine
  • Exhaust System
  • Thermal Protection System
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Weapon Systems
  • Aircraft Structure
  • Environmental Control System
11644-01 Base Gas Temperature Transducer Type S