Mk16A Ejection Seat

Ejection Seat system for the Eurofighter Typhoon

MK16A For Typhoon

4 lives saved using a Mk16A ejection seat.

Over 650 Mk16A Ejection Seats currently in service.

The development of the Mk16A ejection seat for the Eurofighter Typhoon was carried out at Martin-Baker’s facilities at Denham, Chalgrove and Langford Lodge. Due to the capabilities and wide operating envelope of the aircraft, Martin-Baker was presented with a series of challenges which have had to be overcome during the development of the seat, such as the accommodation of a wider range of pilot models covering height and weight requirement, as well as achieving compatibility with equipment such as the Head Mounted Display (HMD), Chemical and Biological protection units (CB) and general aircrew equipment.

The Mk16A ejection seat utilises a second generation digital seat sequencer which incorporates a strategy of continuous sensing of external environmental parameters. Under certain speed and altitude conditions, the recovery timings at which the parachute is deployed are varied in order to optimise the terrain clearance.

The Eurofighter is currently operational in the following countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Aircraft fitted: Eurofighter Typhoon
Operating ceiling 55,013ft (16,768m)
Minimum height/speedZero/zero in near level attitude
Crew boarding mass range 61.0 to 133.5 kg
Crew size range Eurofighter-specific crew size range
Maximum Speed for ejection600 KIAS
Parachute type GQ Type 5000
Parachute deploymentCartridge initiated
Drogue parachuteYes
Drogue deploymentCartridge initiated, electronic sequencer controlled
Automatic back-up unitYes, barostat controlled
Electronic sequencerYes, powered by thermal batteries
TimersTime delay for canopy jettison
Seat adjustmentUp/down actuator operated 28 Vdc
Arm restraintsYes
Leg restraintsPassive leg restraint system
Oxygen supplyBottled emergency oxygen
Personal survival packYes + automatic deployment and liferaft inflation
Aircrew services Aircrew services package, interface for breathing gas, NBC ventilation supply, mic/tel and anti-g trousers; Head equipment assembly services module; Liquid suit connector assembly; Auxiliary oxygen bottle
Command ejectionYes
Canopy jettisonYes
Miniature detonating cordNo
Interseat sequencing systemYes, via mode selector

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