WEB EXCLUSIVE: Next-Generation Ejection Seats to Include New Safety Features

The Air Force has tapped Collins Aerospace to provide more than 3,000 new ejection seats for its aircraft fleet. The equipment includes a number of safety improvements to prevent pilot injury, according to a company executive.

The Next-Generation Ejection Seat program will upgrade the existing systems on the F-15, F-16, F-22, B-1 and A-10. In October, the Air Force issued a pre-solicitation Justification and Approval notice for a sole-source contract to Collins Aerospace. Final negotiations and a contract have yet to be completed, a company spokesman told National Defense Nov. 12.

Collins Aerospace is offering its ACES 5 ejection seats to replace the legacy ACES II, a Collins Aerospace product which has been in service since the 1970s. The new equipment will be a significant step up, said Don Borchelt, the company?s director of ACES 5 business development.