BOMB BAY CONFIGURATION. There are
four primary pylon assemblies (fig. 15-23) provided for
carrying a maximum of eight bomb bay stores. The
pylon consists of two BRU-12/A bomb racks mounted
between two pylon ends. The BRU-12A bomb rack (fig.
15-24) is a modified MAU-38 series bomb rack. The
BRU-12/A is interchangeable with the MAU-38, and
installation, operation, maintenance, safety, and testing
procedures are the same. There are three 1,000- or
2,000-pound class store pylon assemblies (fig. 15-25)
provided for carrying a maximum of three 1,000- or one
2,000-pound class weapon. The pylon assembly consist
of a BRU-14/A bomb rack with mounting adapters on
station 4C. The Aero 1A adapters provide the
BRU-14/A bomb rack with 30-inch suspension and load
capabilities. Figures 15-26 through 15-31 show the
various wing stations and bomb bay equipment
For more information on the P-3 aircraft, refer to
Airborne Weapons/Stores Loading Manual, NAVAIR
The S-3 (fig. 15-32) weapon control system has the
units, panels, switches, logic circuits, interfaces,
computer, and controls necessary for selecting, arming,
and releasing the kill or search stores. Status lights
indicate store selection errors and stores go or no-go
status. Electrical jettison release systems are used to
release or eject all the wing stores and all search stores
of the S-3 aircraft.
Armament Control Panel
The armament control panel (ACP) provides the
pilot with control for the manual delivery of
forward-firing weapons, droppable stores, and the
release of the SAR sonobuoy.
AN/ALE-39 Countermeasures Dispensing
The system dispenses expendable payloads that
consist of chaff, flares, or RF jammers, either
individually or in groups. Three dispensers are installed
in the aircraft, one on each side of the fuselage and one
on the centerline on the fuselage bottom.
REVIEW NUMBER 2 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q1. THROUGH Q8.
In the F/A-18 aircraft, the armament safety override switch is located on the
maintenance panel in the nosewheel well.
The jettison modes of the F/A-18 aircraft include (1) emergency, (2) selective, and
If the emergency jettison is selected on the F/A-18 aircraft, all weapons from the
five pylon stations are released.
The auxiliary jettison mode is used in the F/A-18 aircraft when emergency and/or
selective jettison fails. It is a gravity jettison mode.
The AN/AWW-4 fuze function control system gives the F/A-18 aircraft the
capability of using electric fuzes.
To suspend and fire the Maverick missile from the F/A-18 aircraft, you should use
the BRU-32A and the LAU-117/A combination.
You should use the LAU-118/A to suspend the AGM-88 HARM missile on the
The LAU-115C/A missile launchers used on the wing pylon stations of the F/A-18
aircraft to suspend and launch an AIM-7 Sparrow missile.