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 Chaff/Flare14.12.2003  

Chaff/Flare Panel

The Chaff/Flare panel belong together with the Threat Warning Prime, the Threat Warning Aux and the RWR to the EWS (Electronic Warfare System) of the F-16. Depending on the threat, heat seeking missiles or radar guided missiles Flares or Chaff are expelled either automatically or manually. The chaffs are used as countermeasure for heat-seeking missiles, while chaffs are usefull, if the missile is radar guided. An F-16 carries 60 Chaffs and 30 Flares.

The newer version of the Chaff/Flare panel (see pictures) allow even further automatic use of these countermeasures, if an AN/ALQ-131 is placed on board.

This panel is located in the lower part of the left aux. console.

The panel and his elements (ALE-40 CCU)
The panel and his elements (CMDS)
The panel and his elements (MLU)
The Electronic Warface System
Pictures from the Chaff/Flare Panel


The panel and his elements (ALE-40 CCU)

Chaff/Flare


ElementTypePositionInformation
CHAFF/FLARE3-Way switch
(Safety bar)
ARMChaff/Flare system inactive
OFF (Safe)Chaff/Flare system inactive
TESTTest chaff and flare settings
Chaff counter3-Digit display000 - 999Number of chaffs on board
Chaff resetButton-Reset chaff counter
Status light4-Status light
(green)
COM?
DISPDispense chaff
EMT?
ARMSafetypin unlocked
Chaff discharge
select
Rotary switch
(4x45 deg)
OFFChaff discharge inactive
SINGLEManual single chaff discharge on
MULTIManual multi chaff discharge on
PROGAutomatic chaff discharge on
Flare counter3-Digit display000 - 999Number of flares on board
Flare resetButton-Reset flare counter
Status light4-Status light
(green)
COM?
DISPDispense flare
EMT?
ARMSafetypin unlocked
Flare discharge
select
3-Way switchPROGAutomatic flare discharge on
OFFFlare discharge inactive
SINGLEManual single flare discharge on
FLARE JETTISON2-Way switchFLARE JETTISONFlare jettison active
OFFFlare jettison inactive

Note:
The showed panel drawing is a drawing with can be downloaded from my page Documents, plans and diagrams from the F-16.


The panel and his elements (CMDS)

Chaff/Flare


ElementTypePositionInformation
STATUSDisplaysSize 1 x ??
Size 1 x ??
Size 1 x ??
Size 1 x ??
RWR2-Way switchONRWR on
OFFRWR off
JMR2-Way switchONJammer on
OFFJammer off
MWS2-Way switchON? on
OFF? off
O12-Way switchON? on
OFF? off
O22-Way switchON? on
OFF? off
CH2-Way switchON? on
OFF? off
FL2-Way switchON? on
OFF? off
JETT2-Way switchONFlare jettison active
OFFFlare jettison inactive
PRGMRotary switch
(5x36 deg)
BIT?
1?
2?
3?
4?
MODERotary switch
(6x30 deg)
OFF?
STBY?
MAN?
SEMI?
AUTO?
BYP?

Note:
The showed panel drawing is a drawing with can be downloaded from my page Documents, plans and diagrams from the F-16.


The panel and his elements (MLU)

Chaff/Flare


ElementTypePositionInformation
StatusDisplaysSize ? x ?Program status and other informations
NXT
V
Seesaw buttonTrigger UpNext program/menu step
Trigger DownPrevious program/menu step
RUNButton-Start selected program
^Button-Next chaff mode
^Button-Next flare mode
^Button-Next OTR1 mode
^Button-Next OTR2 mode
JTSN2-Way switchONFlare Jettison active
OFFFlare jettison inactive
BRTRotary potONDim the brightness of the display
MWS3-Way switchMENUMWS menu on
ONMWS on
ONMWS off
JMR3-Way switchMENUJammer menu on
ONJammer on
ONJammer off
RWR3-Way switchMENURWR menu on
ONRWR on
ONRWR off
DISP3-Way switchMENU?
ON? on
ON? off
MODERotary switch
(5x36 deg)
OFF?
STBY?
MAN?
SEMI?
AUTO?

Note:
The showed panel drawing is a drawing with can be downloaded from my page Documents, plans and diagrams from the F-16.


The Electronic Warface System

Electronic Warface System


Pictures from the Chaff/Flare Panel


ALE-40 CCU

ALE-40 CCU

ALE-40 CCU

ALE-40 CCU

ALE-40 CCU

ALE-40 CCU

CMDS

CMDS

CMDS

EW

EW

EW

Note:
To zoom please select the picture with your mouse.

Source:
Picture No. 4 was provided by Kostas Kefalas and picture No. 5 from Philippe Marchal.


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