will automatically release the ejectee from the
On SJU-17(V) seats 1/A, 2/A, 5/A, 6/A, and 9/A
parachute following descent into seawater. The
the seat height actuator switch is situated immediately
parachute assembly is attached to the upper forward
forward of the shoulder harness control lever on the LH
face of the ejection seat main beams.
side of the seat bucket. On SJU-17(V) 3/A and 4/A the
switch is situated immediately aft of the emergency
restraint release handle on the RH side of the seat
bucket. Forward movement of the toggle switch lowers
The parachute container is made of light alloy, with
the seat bucket, and aft movement raises the seat
canopy penetrators fitted to each upper outboard side.
bucket. When released, the toggle assumes the center
The penetrators on the forward seat are longer than
those on the aft seat. The SJU-17(V)9/A parachute,
installed in the aft cockpit of the TF-18/A, also has a
single penetrator installed centrally aft on the container
lid. Brackets, integral with the rear of the canopy
The parachute assembly (fig. 2-24) is a
penetrators, are bolted to brackets on the main beams.
21-foot-diameter GQ Type 5000 personnel parachute
A shaped headpad is attached to the front face of the
packed into a rigid container and connected to the
container for head placement during ejection. Hook and
parachute risers. The parachute risers incorporate
pile fasteners are fitted to the front face of the headpad
seawater-activated release switches (SEAWARS) for
to position the parachute risers. A rigid top cover closes
attachment to the upper torso harness. These switches
Figure 2-24.--Parachute assembly (SJU-17(V)2/A and 5/A).