MK16A NXG for Typhoon

Upgrading the Eurofighter Typhoon to the latest in Ejection Seat technology

MK16A NXG for Typhoon

Upgrading the Eurofighter Typhoon to the latest in Ejection Seat technology

Over 869 Mk16A Ejection Seats currently in service

4 lives saved to date using the Mk16A Ejection Seat

The Mk16A was purposely designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Eurofighter Typhoon specification in 1988. The twin-tube ejection gun enabled greater integration with the Typhoon cockpit while meeting the latest physiological requirements of the time.

The Mk16A NXG is a further upgrade of the Mk16A introducing technology developed for the US16E for F-35 programme. This enables safe ejection for aircrew equipped the latest helmet mounted displays (HMD) across the mass and size ranges.

Aircraft fitted: Eurofighter Typhoon
Operating ceiling55 000ft (16,764m)
Minimum height/speedZero/zero in near level attitude
Crew boarding mass range103lbs (46.7kg) to 245lb (111.1kg) (nude) light crew switch fitted mass boundary set at 150lbs (68kgs)
Crew size rangeCAESAR multi-variate body size cases 1-6
Maximum Speed for ejection600 KEAS
Parachute typeIGQ Type 6000 aeroconical 4-colour
Parachute deploymentCartridge initiated
Drogue parachuteYes
Drogue deploymentCartridge initiated
Harness typeGeneration 5 Integrated Harness (MG5 Integrated)
Ejection seat operation typeCatapult and underseat rocket motor
Ejection gunTwin catapult
Ejection initiationHandle on seat bucket initiates gas operated seat firing system
Automatic back-up unitYes, mechanical system
Electronic SequencerMartin-Baker Sequencer (MBS), powered by thermal batteries
TimersTime delays imposed by sequencer, ABU and CJS
Seat adjustmentUp/down actuator operated 28 Vdc with 5.9” (15cm) stroke Fore/aft manual tilt mechanism adjustment Tilt mechanism enables installation to aircraft with different bulkhead configurations
Arm restraintsYes, active system Type II
Leg restraintsYes, passive system
Oxygen supplyBottled back-up/emergency oxygen Connection to main On Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS)
Seat survival kitYes + automatic deployment and liferaft inflation
Aircrew servicesConnection to main oxygen supply, mic/tel, anti-g, thermal cooling and Interface to helmet
Canopy jettisonYes
Canopy fracturing systemNo
Interseat sequencing systemYes
Auto eject systemNo

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