The Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb shackle (fig. 8-33) is the
only bomb shackle now in use. It is used on helicopters.
The shackle is used to suspend and release mines or
torpedoes that weigh from 100 to a maximum of 1,500
pounds. The shackle has suspension hooks spaced 14
inches apart, center to center. It has no integral
provision for electrical release, electrical arming, or
mechanical arming. Electrical release of the shackle is
possible by attaching an electrical release unit to the
shackle structure. Weapons may be mechanically
armed by attaching arming solenoids to the shackle or
to the aircraft structure.
DISPENSERS AND EJECTORS
Dispensers and ejectors are used during tactical
situations to give an aircraft added offensive and
suspension equipment, or they are mounted directly to
the aircraft. They are used to suspend and release
ordnance, such as aircraft parachute flares, chaff, and
SUU-25F/A Flare Dispenser
The SUU-25F/A flare dispenser (fig. 8-34) is
capable of suspending and launching eight LUU-2B/B
Figure 8-34.SUU-25F/A flare dispenser.