General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Seattle Operations has extensive fire suppression experience, personnel and facilities to successfully develop fire extinguishing and heat suppression systems for engine and personnel compartments. The development of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ fire suppression systems, especially solid propellant fire suppressors, is an outgrowth of the company’s extensive work in the automotive airbag inflator field.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has conducted in excess of 1000 full-scale and live fire tests against a variety of threats, in various bay sizes and configurations. This information has been used to develop sizing models to determine the system configuration required to provide adequate detection and agent concentrations to extinguish the fire scenario.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems fire suppression systems often contain a chemically active agent that improves the fire suppression performance. The enhancement of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems inert propellants with active agents was accomplished while maintaining or significantly improving the cost, performance, environmental friendliness, and toxicity characteristics of our product.
- Non-ozone depleting, non-toxic and non-corrosive
- Lighter weight & smaller size than other technologies
- Inert agent (N2, CO2, H2O)
- Fully qualified to 15 year aircraft life (MIL-D-21625)
- Various sizes (105g, 189g, 210g, 347g, 420g, 515g)
- No storage pressure
- Temperature compensating discharge (-80°F to +250°F)
- Insensitive to orientation during discharge
- No distribution lines
- Currently in production for F/A-18E/F and V-22 Osprey
- Proven performance - Extensive full-scale live fire testing
- In-service success - Prevented the loss of 3 V-22 Osprey aircraft
- Ballistic & safety fire protection for aircraft
- Land vehicle engine compartments
- Electronics bays