Collins Aerospace will provide the ejection seat and landing gear for the Boeing/Saab T-X trainer for the US Air Force, the company announced on 31 January.
The ACES 5 ejection seat offers passive head and neck protection, arm and leg flail prevention and a load-compensating catapult rocket that varies its thrust based on the occupant’s weight. In addition to ACES 5, Collins will supply the aircraft’s fully integrated landing gear system, including structure, actuation, dressings, hydraulics and wheels and brakes. The system boasts several technological innovations designed to help reduce maintenance costs while improving operational performance.
“Collins Aerospace is [….] proud to provide a host of integral content [for the T-X], including our ACES 5 ejection seat and fully integrated landing gear system,” commented the company’s Air Force Programs Director, John Fyfe. “Our innovative technologies will play a critical role in helping to keep aircrews safe, reducing maintenance costs and improving operational performance. Our support for Boeing military aircraft dates back to 1932 with the P-26, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Boeing and Saab team on the T-X programme in the years to come.”