Martin-Baker has now supplied 500 US16E Ejection Seats to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, the company announced.
The ejection seats were delivered to the three F-35 production lines: to Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, USA; Leonardo Final Assembly & Check-Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) FACO in Nagoya, Japan.
The ceremony commemorating the 500th delivery was attended by Retd. RAF Air Marshal Peter William David Ruddock, CB, CBE (himself a Hunter Mk2H ejectee in 1977), who is now CEO of Lockheed Martin UK; and Andrew Martin, VP-Business Development at Martin-Baker.
US16E ejection seat is a further development of the Martin-Baker’s Mk16 range that has already been successful with the T-6 Texan II trainer jet, Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, NASA T-38N and USAF T-38 upgrade programmes and other numerous aircraft platforms around the world.
The US16E Ejection Seat provides an unprecedented balanced optimisation between key performance parameters such as safe terrain clearance limits, physiological loading limits, pilot boarding mass and anthropometric accommodation ranges to fully meet the F-35 Escape System requirements.
The US16E will be common to all F-35 aircraft variants – the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant.
The US16E is the only Qualified Ejection Seat that meets the US Government defined Neck Injury Criteria (NIC) across the pilot accommodation range.