Lt Col Sanghyoun Park, from the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), pictured here with John and James Martin during his recent visit to the Martin-Baker headquarters. Lt Col Park’s visit was in celebration of the completion of US16E Ejection Seat No. 0340 which is destined for the first Lockheed Martin F-35A ROKAF aircraft “AW-1”.
Constantly searching for new and better ways to protect the lives of pilots and aircrew, Martin-Baker are proud to attend the 55th Annual SAFE Symposium beginning today in Orlando, Florida.
SAFE represents aviation, space, land, and marine safety disciplines for the protection of users worldwide. Attendees include members from government, academic, industrial and the military, all with the focus of sharing ideas, technology and knowledge to meet the challenges of modern vehicular occupant protection and personnel-worn safety equipment.
Martin-Baker are imparting their knowledge by presenting papers on ejection safety issues critical to all who fly military jet aircraft. Some of the presentations include ejection seat restraint harness design, head and neck loads, solid oxygen systems and parachute packing,
“This opportunity to share what we’ve learned over the course of our existence is critical in improving ejection and crash-worthy seats,” said Andrew Martin, Martin-Baker Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “It is also a great opportunity for us to meet with government scientists to have an open and honest dialogue about end-user requirements, as well as to further enhance our already strong relationships with the U.S. aviation community.”
The company will showcase the US-18 ejection seat currently competing for the US Air Force T-X trainer competition. The seat builds upon the legacy of Martin-Baker’s engineering excellence, and provides a new passive arm-restraint system as well as a pitch-control rocket motor.
SAFE begins 30 Oct and runs through 1 November. More information on the symposium may be found here: https://www.safeassociation.com/index.cfm/page/symposium-overview.
Martin-Baker is the world’s leader in ejection and crash-worthy seat manufacturing with more than 17,000 seats in service in 56 air frames in 90 countries. With 7,552 lives saved, Martin-Baker are truly engineering for life.
(Reno, Nv) United States Navy fighter pilots of all ages gathered last week to say hello to old friends, swap stories, and receive updates on the current state of Naval aviation here.
Many of those stories had to do with safe ejections using Martin-Baker ejection seats from the GRU-7 to today’s Mk-14 NACES. At the Martin-Baker booth, aviators had the opportunity to show their families the NACES seat, watch videos of ejection tests and live ejections, as well as examine the latest ejection seat in the F-35C, the US-16E.
One of the biggest differences in the two seats is the improved seat pan moulding on the US-16E that provides pilots with a more comfortable ride, yet still gives them a proper posture and ability to survive ejections. The current crop of F/A-18 pilots were amazed at the difference it made and were curious if that modification could be made to their seat.
“Both of our seats here are amazing,” said Andrew Martin, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “To have the opportunity to talk with Naval aviators about their experiences is invaluable as we continue to engineer the next generation of seats, as well as perhaps modify existing seats like NACES to be more comfortable. Martin-Baker and the U.S. Navy have a relationship dating back to the 1940s and events like Tailhook allow us to show our appreciation to the pilots and aircrew who fly in our seats and exchange ideas.”
One of the highlights of the week were the approximately 50 ejectees who came by the booth to say hello. Some brought their families, and many found their names on our wall of ejectee names, where our legacy of saving lives is living history and testament to the Martin-Baker product.
We had the good fortune to have visits by our 6,000th ejectee, RADM John “Oscar” Meier and his wife, and our 7,500th ejectee, CDR Mike “Chopper” Rovenolt and his wife.
“Next year we are planning an event for our ejectees to give us a chance to say thank you to them,” Martin said. “The ejection seat is the one component on an aircraft you never want to use, but when you need it then it must perform perfectly. We are extremely thankful it has worked so well for these aviators. We are also thankful for everyone at Martin-Baker who work tirelessly that others may live.”
Martin-Baker looks forward to a continued relationship with the U.S. Navy and the Tailhook Association, and are already preparing our plans for next years’ convention.
Martin-Baker, headquartered in Denham, has more than 17,000 seats in service in 90 countries and 56 airframes.
(Newcastle, Australia) Martin-Baker’s commitment to supporting the Joint Strike Fighter in the Asia-Pacific region took a leap forward this week with the opening of the Martin-Baker Australia Field Office at Williamtown.
The Field Service needs of the global JSF fleet had until now been met by the Martin-Baker locations at Denham (UK) and Johnstown (USA), however with the growth of the fleet and the deployment of USMC F-35Bs to Iwakuni in Japan, it has become necessary to have a third location capable of supporting their needs.
“This has always been our plan since day one on this programme to have three locations with full JSF seat capability for Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade of not just the US16E seat fitted to JSF, but all the support equipment associated with it. Australia, and more specifically Williamtown where the office is opening, is an ideal location as it will be a major hub in the JSF network and Australia’s main operating base for JSF”, said Andrew Martin, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company’s Director of Business Development and Marketing.
“Being able to dispatch a Martin-Baker Australia Field Service Engineer to anywhere in the Asia-Pacific will significantly reduce our response time in the region,” said Steve Roberts, Martin-Baker JSF IPT Lead. “They will be able to carry out maintenance and training for our customers at very short notice. Clearly the RAAF will be a major beneficiary of this investment by Martin-Baker.”
“We are very excited. This is a major step forward for Martin-Baker Australia. Whilst the JSF capability is the driving force for the timing of this, Williamtown represents a large number of other platforms and customers including Classic Hornet, Hawk, PC-9, Discovery Air Alphajets and soon PC-21,” said Andrew Eden, Martin-Baker Australia’s Managing Director.
This news comes on the tail of Martin-Baker Australia securing a contract with Pilatus for the MRO of all RAAF PC-21 Ejection seats and Canopies commencing in 2018. PC-21 represents the largest single fleet of ejection seats in Australia and this capability is being established at RAAF Base Pearce. Between Pearce and Williamtown, Martin-Baker Australia will have coast-to-coast coverage and the capability to perform maintenance on any of its products at both locations in the near future.
The new Martin-Baker Australia Field Office is located at 1 Technology Place, Building C1, Williamtown NSW 2318.
Martin-Baker, headquartered in Denham, England, is the world’s leading manufacturer of ejection and crashworthy seats, having saved 7,550 lives, of which 78 are Australian. There are more than 17,000 seats in service in 90 countries and 56 different air frames.
The Norwegian Defence Attaché, Col John Andreas Olsen, is pictured with John and James Martin on the completion of the 300th US16E Ejection Seat for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Programme during a visit to the Martin-Baker headquarters in Denham.
This particular Seat is destined for the RNoAF F-35A aircraft “AM-010” that will eventually be operated from Orland AB in Norway.
Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with the F-35 Martin-Baker team. Martin-Baker is the world’s most experienced manufacturer of aircraft ejection seats and related survival equipment. The corporation is the primary contractor building the F-35’s US16E ejection seat.
While at their site in the U.K., I toured their state of the art facility and spoke with James and Andrew Martin about their plans to ensure they are ready for the increase in production occurring in the next few years. In a huge win for the team, the ejection seat recently completed full qualification. As you can see from this picture, looks like I would be on the taller end of the spectrum for F-35 pilots. Thanks to everyone at Martin–Baker for making me feel welcomed and showing me a behind the scenes look at the most advanced ejection seat being utilized today!
Fairford, England – Martin-Baker showcased its wares at the Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend (July 14-16) at Royal Air Force Base Fairford in Gloucestershire. The company hosted a booth at Fairford and had the US16E ejection seat simulator there for all to view and try. The US16E is currently fitted into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which is now flown by the Royal Air Force. “The US-16E was an undertaking more than a decade in the making, and it supports the most advanced fighter jet in the world,” said Andrew Martin, Martin-Baker Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “We’re extremely proud of that seat and it will be supporting RAF pilots for decades to come. In addition to the new seats, Martin-Baker supports RAF pilots flying the Hawk, Typhoon and Tornado.
Martin-Baker, headquartered out of Denham, has been saving lives for nearly 70 years, and currently has saved the lives of 7,543 aircrew members. With more than 17,000 seats in service in 56 air frames in 90 countries, Martin-Baker’s dedication to excellence is worldwide.
Martin-Baker Australia and Pilatus Aircraft have today signed a Letter of Intent for Martin-Baker Australia to provide Ejection Seat Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul for the Royal Australian Air Force PC-21 aircraft. The agreement proposes a seven year firm fixed price solution with rolling Contract Change Proposals out to twenty years.
Andrew Eden, Martin-Baker Australia Managing Director said “This arrangement makes sense under a performance based contract, we are best able to provide this service efficiently and manage and control the risk and liability associated with our product and this proposal flows that down to us. It represents the same partnership with Pilatus for through-life support and sustainment that we have during design, development and production.”
ISO9001:2015 certification of the Martin-Baker Integrated Management System (IMS) was granted last week by Southpac Aerospace. This IMS covers both Quality and Safety Management within the company and provides the foundation for the future DASA Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Exposition.
Andrew Martin, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company’s Director of Business Development said, “The services covered by this agreement are the reason we formed Martin-Baker Australia. To provide the best possible sustainment solutions to our end users at the best possible price. To take this from the idea in our board room to potentially a Life of Type agreement on a large fleet of aircraft like the RAAF PC-21 is a great achievement.”
Rob Oliver, Pilatus’ Director Defence Australia , said, “We’re looking forward to this partnership and are pleased to continue our long relationship with Martin Baker; a comprehensive service arrangement for the Egress Systems with the OEM of the ejection seats is a robust and elegant solution. This also increases our commitment to a new in-country Australian industry capability supporting the PC-21.”
The first maintenance under the agreement will be due in mid-2018, ramping up to full capacity within 2 years.
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Martin-Baker is showing its candidate ejection seat for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer for the first time at a major show, with the Mk18 design also to be the basis for offers to equip future fighters and upgrade in-service types.
Developed using the UK company’s experience gained from designing and producing the US16E seat for Lockheed Martin’s F-35, the new product matches the USAF’s requirement to accommodate pilots with an unclothed weight of between 46.7-111kg (103-245lb). But the lighter-weight design incorporates enhancements including updated neck protection, passive arm restraints and a rocket motor that can be rotated for pitch control during the ejection sequence.
“Sled testing will be continuing through the second half of this year,” says head of programmes Geoff Barnes, who adds that a critical design review for the Mk18 will be conducted before year-end. M-B expects the new design to undergo qualification during 2018.
Barnes says M-B is in discussion with all three bidders for the T-X requirement, and that the Mk18 will be adapted to meet their needs in areas such as integrating on- or off-seat oxygen generation systems. The USAF is expected to choose between the Boeing/Saab T-X, Leonardo DRS T-100 and Lockheed/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A early in 2018, with 346 aircraft to be acquired as replacements for its Northrop T-38C trainers.
The Mk18 design also is already on offer for South Korea’s developmental KF-X fighter, and could also be suitable for other products including Turkey’s future TF-X.
“We expect it to be our benchmark seat of the future,” says Barnes. “For anything fast jet, this will be the product of choice.”
M-B director of business development and marketing Andrew Martin says the Mk18 is also being promoted to meet a major requirement to replace the ejection seats on multiple older types flown by the USAF. The next-generation escape system will be installed on the Boeing B-1B and F-15, Fairchild Republic A-10 and Lockheed F-16 and F-22.
The exclusive ejection seat supplier for the multinational F-35 programme, M-B has now delivered more than 300 of its US16E system.
The company says its ejection seats have so far saved the lives of 7,543 pilots around the world. The most recent of these escaped from a Greek air force Dassault Mirage 2000 on 29 May, after the fighter suffered engine failure.
(Paris) With the Paris Air Show in full swing, activity around the Martin-Baker booth has been heavy, with visitors ranging from military officials, pilots, politicians, media and industry leaders. Each came away impressed with the Martin-Baker brand.
The booth, located in Hall 2B at stand F140, features our design for the U.S. Air Force trainer competition, the US-18. This seat builds on the incredible research and design of the Mk-16 family of seats and incorporates all of its incredible technology and features and adds passive arm restraints and under-seat rocket motors to assist with safe and level ejection attitudes.
“The US-18 is an incredible seat,” said Andrew Martin, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “We’re excited and honoured to be a part of the competition to save even more aircrew lives.”
In addition to the US-18, you can see – and sit in — the most advanced ejection seat that protects all F-35 aviators, the US-16E. The US-16E was the most scrutinized and tested ejection seat ever produced, and meets and exceeds all customer requirements.
“We’re proud of the evolution of our Mk-16 family of seats that resulted in the US-16E,” Martin said. “We took a concept, engineered a solution, tested it and proved its worth under the harshest of conditions and made modifications until we got it absolutely perfect. The aircrew we support depend on us to be perfect, and that’s what we strive to do.”
Martin-Baker, headquartered in Denham, England, saved its first life in 1949 and have saved a total of 7543 lives since then. As the world’s leading manufacturer in ejection and crash-worthy seats, Martin-Baker owns 53 percent of the market with more than 17,000 seats in service in 90 countries and 56 different air frames.
The air show concludes 25th June.