Source: Collins Aerospace: An RTX Business

Authors: Collins Aerospace

Published Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2023 14:19:00 Z

Summary: In May 2023, an F-16 pilot from Kunsan Air Base safely ejected using an ACES II® seat, marking the 703rd successful ejection with this technology. The ACES II, introduced in 1978, is known for its exceptional safety, with a spinal injury rate of less than 1 percent, and is used in various U.S. Air Force aircraft. Collins Aerospace has developed the next-generation ACES 5® seat to address modern challenges, including accommodating a broader range of pilot weights and integrating helmet-mounted devices. The ACES 5 reduces major ejection-related injuries to less than 5 percent and maintains a spinal injury rate of under 1 percent. It features advanced safety technologies and is designed for easier maintenance, reducing aircraft downtime. This new seat is being developed for multiple platforms, including the F-15, F-16, F-22, B-1, B-2, and A-10, and has been selected for the U.S. Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk trainer. Collins Aerospace’s ACES 5 meets all 62 airworthiness requirements of the Air Force’s latest standards, making it a benchmark for aircrew safety.

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