MK6 Ejection Seat

The Introduction of the rocket pack, enabling zero speed and zero altitude ejections.


The first Zero/Zero ejection seat

First Mk6 ejection was on 28th November 1966

Over 100 Mk6 ejection seats currently in service

Introduction of the rocket pack to the range of Mk4 and Mk5 ejection seats created the basic Mk6 and Mk7 ranges respectively. The Mk6 ejection seats have saved over 250 aircrew lives around the world and there are still over 100Mk6 seats currently in service today.

Aircraft fitted: MB-326, Etendard, Mirage, Buccaneer, Short SC1, Hunting H126, Pucara, Kfir, Cheetah, Ouragan, Balzac, Hawker Kestrel, Dornier DO31, Focke Wulf Bedstead, Fiat G-91, Aerfer Saggitario, Impala II, IAI Dagger
Operating ceiling 50000+ ft (15,250m)
Minimum height/speedZero/zero
Crew boarding mass rangeRM6, Mirage – 71.7 to 103.1kg, 6BS – 72.3 to 113.4kg
Crew size rangeRM6, Mirage – 5th to 95th percentile, 6A – 5th to 95th percentile, 6BS – 3rd to 98th percentile
Maximum Speed for ejection600+ KIAS
Parachute typeIrvin I 24
Parachute deploymentDrogue assisted
Drogue parachute typeDuplex drogues 22in. and 5ft
Drogue deploymentDrogue gun – cartridge generated gas, initiated by 0.5 seconds clockwork time-delay, tripped during ejection sequence
Harness typeCombined
Ejection seat operation typeEjection gun and multi-tube rocket pack
Ejection gun 80 ft/sec, One primary cartridge, two secondary cartridges, 72 in. stroke
Ejection initiationFace screen or seat pan firing handle
Barostatic time-release unitYes, tripped during ejection sequence, g-restrictor
Manual override handleYes
TimersTime-release unit for man/seat seperation
Seat adjustment Up/down, manual operation
Arm restraintsNo
Leg restraintsYes, two garters
Oxygen supplyBottled oxygen
Personal survival packYes, with liferaft
Aircrew servicesPersonal equipment connector (PEC) provides connections for main oxygen, emergency oxygen, air ventilated suit, anti-g suit and mic/tel
Canopy jettisonYes, aircraft variant dependent

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