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British press disclosed data on the incident with the fall of the Litening III guidance capsule from the Typhoon aircraft


The British press with reference discloses data on an incident that occurred during testing of special equipment on Typhoon fighters of the United Kingdom Air Force. The reports say that we are talking about testing an improved target guidance system Litening III. Also, this system can be used for aerial reconnaissance. It was developed by Northrop Grumman (USA) and Rafael Advanced DS (Israel). The system is equipped with infrared sensors.

British sources of information write that information about the incident during the test flights became public after the publication of the financial report of the military department for 2020. At the same time, the exact date of the incident is not named.

What incident are we talking about?

In the materials of the British media it is said that during one of the tests, the Litening III capsule could not hold onto the Typhoon mounts and began to fall during the flight. As a result of the fall, the guidance and reconnaissance system received damage that did not allow it to be restored. The final financial report contains data that the incident cost £ 640 (over $ 0,9 million). Earlier it was reported that the cost of Litening III exceeds $ 1,5 million.

Reporters asked a British Defense Ministry spokesman to comment on the incident.

The comment was like this:

In such a large organization as our armed forces and as our entire Department of Defense, all sorts of incidents can occur. And we analyze them, for sure we do not take them lightly. We are investigating the reasons for what happened.

The capsule that fell during the flight has an impressive size: 220 cm in length and about 40 cm in diameter. At the same time, its weight is more than 200 kg. The same capsules are used by the Indian and Italian Air Forces.
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  1. NF68
    NF68 12 May 2021 16: 13
    It would not be bad if the Typhoon itself fell after this capsule. Only so that the flyer had time to jump out.
    1. Cheshire
      Cheshire 12 May 2021 16: 26
      Quote: NF68
      It would not be bad if the Typhoon itself fell after this capsule. Only so that the flyer had time to jump out.

      Meaning? fool
      Why wish to another what you do not wish for yourself?
      1. NF68
        NF68 12 May 2021 17: 31
        Quote: Cheshire
        Quote: NF68
        It would not be bad if the Typhoon itself fell after this capsule. Only so that the flyer had time to jump out.

        Meaning? fool
        Why wish to another what you do not wish for yourself?

        Unlike the British, I do not have a constant habit of shitting all over the world.
  2. Russobel
    Russobel 12 May 2021 16: 13
    Where is the capsule to do?
    Lost ...
    Would be different, broke.
  3. Cananecat
    Cananecat 12 May 2021 16: 23
    Interestingly .... he got this capsule where methyl? ))
    1. zenion
      zenion 12 May 2021 17: 09
      Reminds of a joke about a man who was given two titanium balls in his cell. So he lost one ball, and broke the second.
  4. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 12 May 2021 16: 28
    The technicians didn't tighten the bolts completely with a hangover, I suppose.
    When was the incident on Monday? laughing
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 12 May 2021 17: 10
      Petrov and Bashirov. And there is nothing to argue about. soldier
  5. Charik
    Charik 12 May 2021 16: 51
    ha, you think the container was dropped, also an event for me, now we will read more comments, they probably said something like that
  6. Charik
    Charik 12 May 2021 16: 55
    but there is still a little, well, by the evening, they will probably write off or disband the English flyers, like sailors who got caught on drugs
  7. Charik
    Charik 12 May 2021 16: 57
    There was once an article on VO about a suspended container for the Su34 - does it work if you hang it, then minus 1 pylon for weapons? And is it the same on most planes in the world?
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 12 May 2021 18: 32
      Not necessary. Add a pylon. They hang up weapons in a different way.
      Here, look at the Israeli F-16. It is hung with pylons like a camel. smile
      Sighting and electronic warfare, under the fuselage. Further, additional tanks. and over the wings add. tanks.
      Further rockets (not visible in the photo)
      With such a reserve of fuel, you can fly around the entire Middle East on one engine.
      1. Charik
        Charik 12 May 2021 18: 45
        Voyaka (Alexey) well, the whole BV is slightly exaggerated laughing , how many there are with 3 ptb-thousand 20-23 theirs liters, not much enough, as far as I understand, to climb a thousand by 10 loaded and even a couple of afterburners, if only at minimum slopes and at medium altitudes, maybe 300 km and roll?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 12 May 2021 18: 51
          I mean that pylons are loaded onto the F-16 workhorse on avionics, tanks,
          rockets and bombs so that the plane is no longer visible.
          1. Charik
            Charik 12 May 2021 19: 02
            In this sense, the 15th in general jumped around everyone-the sighting complex is rooted-it is not necessary to hang the container and suspensions oyoyoy-free-falling pieces 20 or even more will take, and there the nomenclature is also wide-at least hang all the controllers, the main thing is that there is enough fuel for all purposes
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh 12 May 2021 19: 33
              In general, the f35 has everything built in, the electronic warfare is combined with the radar,
              and the radar is also a 3D scanner. Nothing violates aerodynamics.
    APASUS 12 May 2021 17: 06
    In general, you need to figure out what happened. When one of the two fasteners is torn off on an aerial bomb, for example, 100% of the death of the aircraft occurs.
  9. Ros 56
    Ros 56 12 May 2021 18: 04
    It's good that no one got hit on the back of the neck. lol
  10. dmmyak40
    dmmyak40 12 May 2021 19: 32
    The capsule ... Yes, VO is degrading by leaps and bounds. In a couple of years they will write "box". Hey, moderators ...
    1. Reserve buildbat
      Reserve buildbat 13 May 2021 13: 23
      I just took a look at Litening III on the internet. I didn't like the title. So in the automatic translation of pedivics Litening - the aiming pod (!!!!!) laughing
      So the capsule is a trifle.
      1. dmmyak40
        dmmyak40 15 May 2021 13: 04
        Then I'll pass! Hai will be a pod.
  11. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 13 May 2021 12: 28
    Well, that is, the enemy is actively developing universal tactical complexes for collecting and analyzing data, which are then used by guidance systems, suppression systems, etc. It can be installed even on an airplane, even on a tank, or even permanently. Plugged in the connectors, and work .. I wonder what we have? However, you should not answer) Not on an open source.