The basic P-3 (fig. 15-21) ASW weapons system
consists of the equipment and accessories necessary for
carrying and releasing kill stores and search stores. The
system's equipment and accessories are discussed in the
Pilots Armament Control Panel
The armament control panel provides the pilot with
control of all kill and search stores.
Pilots Search Stores Control Panel
The pilots search stores control panel provides the
pilot with operational control of the search stores
system and provides a visual indication of the stores
that are loaded and are available for release.
TORP Presetter Panel
This panel provides the controls and indicators for
manual or automatic preset of Mk 46 or Mk 50
Weapon Release Switches
The pilot and copilot have two switches for release
of weapons other than missiles. Release of kill stores
by the tactical coordinator is limited to bombs and
Harpoon Aircraft Command Launch Control
(Missile Control Panel)
application, controls, and displays for the Harpoon
The controls and displays are used for
manually defining missile selection or deselecting,
warhead fusing, target range and relative bearing,
attack and seeker modes, and aircraft true airspeed and
Data Processor Computer (DPC)
The data processor is a digital computer that
provides the digital communications link between the
Harpoon Aircraft Command Launch Control System
(HACLCS) and the Harpoon missile.
Figure 15-21.P-3 ordnance stations.
Figure 15-22.P-3 sonobuoy launch tube arrangement.