Figure 5-4.Mk 28 Mod 2 torpedo air stabilizer.
Figure 5-5.Mk 28 Mod 3 torpedo air stabilizer.
Mk 28 Mod 2 (fig. 5-4) or the Mk 28 Mod 3 (fig. 5-5)
bolts. After the bands are installed, the torpedo is loaded
air stabilizers are used on torpedoes configured for
fixed-wing aircraft. The Mk 31 Mod 0 (fig. 5-6) or the
Mk 31 Mod 1 (fig. 5-7) air stabilizers are used on
torpedoes configured for helicopters.
Mk 78 Mod 0 or Mod 1 suspension bands (fig. 5-8)
are used in pairs to suspend the torpedo from the bomb
racks or shackles of the launching aircraft. The bands
wrap around the torpedo and are secured by tension
aboard by engaging the suspension band lugs in the
bomb racks or on the bomb shackles of the aircraft. The
torpedo is loaded internally for fixed-wing aircraft
launch and externally for helicopter launch. When the
bomb rack/shackle hooks are released, the torpedo
drops. Release wires unlatch the suspension bands,
allowing them to break away from the torpedo as it is
launched from the aircraft.
Figure 5-6.Mk 31 Mod 0 torpedo air stabilizer.