The CAST-easy (Counter measure Advanced System Test Equipment) chaff and flare simulator solution developed by RUAG Aviation has been successfully qualified for flight on the Tornado jet by partner Airbus Defence & Space.
As a result, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has mandated CAST-easy for use with the Tornado fleet operated by the German Bundeswehr.
“The rigorous qualification test procedures validate our chaff and flare simulator’s performance according to exacting requirements. Vibration and acceleration capabilities were of particular interest on the Tornado platform,” states Benjamin Wepfer, General Manager Aviation Products, RUAG Aviation.
“This qualification is further proof that CAST-easy is the safest, most reliable solution for testing dispenser units across the spectrum of demanding platforms,” he confirms.
“CAST-easy greatly reduces the systematic risk associated with the testing of chaff and flare dispensers used for aircraft self-protection. This even includes the marked absence of debris produced by pyrotechnics, which eventually finds its way to the ground,” notes Wepfer adds.
A unique, economical and reusable testing solution; CAST-easy is specifically designed to allow for safer testing of chaff and flare dispenser deployment, relying on electronics instead of pyrotechnics.
It supports all chaff and flare dispensers, independent of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) model.