Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of small caliber weapons and associated weapon systems FN Herstal introduces a newly-developed Ground Support Equipment (GSE) test unit, called FNÂ® D-Pod TU, and offers optimized level of integration, operational capability and maintenance on rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. With this new addition to the FNÂ® airborne fixed forward-firing range of solutions, FN Herstal goes one step further in its commitment to provide one-stop shop service to their customers – both end users and OEMs – throughout the entire product life cycle. The FNÂ® D-Pod TU (for Test Unit) is an integral part of FN Herstal’s airborne digital suite for fixed forward-firing weapon systems that already includes:
- the FNÂ® D-Pod (Digital Pod) featuring a .50 cal FNÂ® M3P machine gun and optional 3×2.75” rocket launcher tubes
- the advanced FNÂ® D-HUD (Digital Head Up Display) sighting solution
- the FNÂ® D-PC (Pod Controller) acting as an Armament Management System for digital pods and rocket launchers.
The FNÂ® D-Pod TU is composed of three complementary modules:
FNÂ® D-Pod EMU (Digital Pod Emulator)
As an integration tool, the FNÂ® D-Pod EMU fully emulates the behaviour of the pod and its weapons. It can be either used in an electronic workshop and connected to any kind of digital Store Management System in order to perform initial integration testing, or directly plugged into the carrier pylon to check both the wiring of the aircraft and the two-way communication between the cockpit and the weapon system. As a maintenance tool, it makes possible specific maintenance tasks on the FNÂ® D-Pod LRUs.
FNÂ® D-AMS EMU (Digital Armament Management System Emulator)
The FNÂ® D-AMS EMU’s main function is to emulate a Store Management System. It can operate, and ground fire, an FNÂ® D-Pod without an aircraft, to test the weapon system after a maintenance operation for instance. Just like the FNÂ® D-Pod EMU, the FNÂ® D-AMS EMU, when installed in a carrier, can perform an integration check both on the wiring of the aircraft and on the two-way communication between the cockpit and the weapon system.
FNÂ® D-MNT APP (Digital Maintenance Application)
The FNÂ® D-MNT APP can be installed on any maintenance computer to which any digital product of FN Herstal’s fixed forward-firing solutions can be connected. This user-friendly application allows optimized system status checks, makes maintenance operations easier and quicker for technicians, and enhances logistics and troubleshoot management of the whole system.