British ejection seat manufacturer, Martin-Baker has announced the successful trial and first installation of MK8 ejection seats in the Uruguayan Air Force A-37 Dragonfly aircraft.
The UY8LD seats have now been installed in the first 2 aircraft, with the remaining aircraft expected to undergo installation later this year, the statement added.
The MK8 is the simplified, lightweight variant of Martin-Baker’s highly successful Mk10 rocket-assisted ejection seat. It was introduced for primary trainer aircraft, such as the Embraer Tucano.
The most significant design simplification was the removal of the rocket motor to save weight. In most other respects, the Mk8 seat retains the design features and functionality of the Mk10 seat. The Mk8 seat provides runway level escape at speeds down to 70 knots and has a maximum escape speed capability of 425 knots.
The Mk8 seat is already in service in the Embraer Tucano aircraft, which is operated by the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Mauritania, Paraguay, Peru, United Kingdom and Venezuela. To date, there have been 40 ejections from a Mk8 ejection seat.
The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly, or Super Tweet, is an American light attack aircraft developed from the T-37 Tweet basic trainer in the 1960s and 1970s by Cessna of Wichita, Kansas. The A-37 was introduced during the Vietnam War and remained in peacetime service afterward.