(fig. 5-4) or the Mk 28 Mod 3 (fig. 5-5) 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
bolts. After the bands are installed, the torpedo is
loaded 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 5-4.Mk 28 Mod 2 torpedo air stabilizer.
Figure 5-5.Mk 28 Mod 3 torpedo air stabilizer.
Figure 5-6.Mk 31 Mod 0 torpedo air stabilizer.