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NSPA supports F-35 Joint Program Office Ejection Seats system

Source: NATO Support nad Procurement Agency (NSPA)

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) successfully delivered Cartridge Actuated Device (CAD)/Propellant Actuated Devices (PAD) for F-35 aircraft operated by the Unites States.

CAD/PAD are essential components (pyrotechnics) used in the emergency crew’s evacuation system (Martin-Baker MK16-US16E ejection seats). The equipment was urgently required to assure F-35 air missions.

 

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) successfully delivered Cartridge Actuated Device (CAD)/Propellant Actuated Devices (PAD) for F-35 aircraft operated by the Unites States.
MB MK16-US16E F-35 Ejection seat. Image: NSPA.

 

The F-35 Joint Program Office tasked NSPA and funded the effort, with the CAD/PAD Joint Program responding to the requirement through the NSPA Ammunition Support Partnership. This required collecting 142 pallets of CAD/PADs at the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) facility (Martin-Baker Aircraft, UK) and delivering them to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IH). Within only a few weeks, NSPA charted an airliner and coordinated with multiple stakeholders the delivery of these critical components.




Involvement in the F-35 programme demonstrates NSPA’s reliability in its efficient, effective and responsive answer to customers’ needs.

NSPA will now establish a long-term support for regular transportation of such components and stockpile points in Europe to support customers globally.

 

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