Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering
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Rigby, K. A. 2010. Weapons Integration. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
One of the key differences between civilian and military aircraft is that many military aircraft have the ability to carry and release weapons. The tools required to integrate weapons on to an aircraft demand a multi-disciplinary set of skills. This chapter outlines the various aspects of weapons integration primarily from the viewpoint of systems integration. The chapter considers a range of weapon types including simple ballistic bombs, air-to-air missiles, and modern “smart” weapons, and examines the preparation to employment sequence for each and identifies important considerations for integration. Weapons integration also draws on other avionics skills such as navigation, displays, human interface, etc that are covered in detail in other chapters. This chapter also discusses Stores Management System architecture, weapon interfacing standards and future systems.