Marvin Test Solutions (formerly known as Geotest-Marvin Test Systems) is bridging the critical test gap that exists in 4th generation aircraft with its MTS-3060 SmartCan, a universal O-level aircraft armament test set for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons. Today's aircraft, equipped with smart armament and associated aircraft interfaces, demand rapid, on-aircraft troubleshooting, a simplified test process, and a smaller test footprint on the flightline to ensure efficient operation. With the compact test set, Marvin Test Solutions aims to standardize and consolidate armament test equipment across 4th generation aircraft, including the A-10, F-15, F-16, and F-18.
Realizing the Armament Test GapToday, 4th generation aircraft, from the A-10 to the F-18, are equipped with smart (MIL-STD 1553 and 1760) weapons technology and enhanced legacy weapons. Yet, maintainers are still required to use the same or similar armament circuits preload test sets (ACPTS) combined with big-box test equipment fielded to verify that these sophisticated armament and munitions systems are full mission-capable (FMC). This test approach falls short in delivering the capabilities needed to support today's smart weapons because existing test equipment can't fully or accurately test the armament and aircraft interfaces. The testing shortfall creates an armament test gap.
The MTS SmartCan is the only flightline test set capable of fully emulating smart weapons such as JDAM; and, it allows technicians to test the MIL-STD 1760 bus interface between the armament and aircraft - ultimately overcoming the armament test gap. The hand-held, AA battery-operated SmartCan flightline test set weighs less than three pounds and packs the capability to conduct full pre- and post-load operations as well as possessing pre- and post-flight audio and video channels for troubleshooting legacy systems such as AIM-9 and AGM-65. It can be tailored and expanded to accommodate armament loaded on any A-10, F-15, F-16, or F-18 aircraft, and can assist in the troubleshooting of specific issues with the aircraft. Additionally, Marvin Test Solutions engineers can load specific maintenance fault codes into the SmartCanTM when requested by customers. The MTS-3060 SmartCan Universal O-level Test Set is successfully qualified and deployed today on TA and FA-50, F-16 Block 15 and Block 50, and F-15C aircraft as well as other legacy aircraft such as the F-5. Marvin Test Solutions also plans to deploy the SmartCan on 5th generation aircraft.
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