Dispensers and ejectors are used during tactical
SUU-44 FLARE DISPENSER
situations to provide additional offensive and defensive
capabilities to the aircraft. These units are usually
The SUU-44 flare dispenser (fig. 10-32) provides
detachable. They are suspended from other installed
the capability for suspending and launching eight Mk 45
suspension equipment, or they are mounted directly to
aircraft parachute flares equipped with drogue trays.
the aircraft. They are used to suspend and release
Refer to figure 10-32 as you read this section.
ordnance items, such as aircraft parachute flares and
The dispenser has four dispenser tubes. A shear
sonobuoys. In this section of the TRAMAN, you will
latch (fig. 10-32, view B) is attached to the rear bulkhead
learn about the basic characteristics of dispensers and
to retain the flares in the tube. Each tube holds two
ejectors currently in use.
flares. After the flares have been inserted into the tubes,
Figure 10-32.SUU-44 flare dispenser.