Aerospace & Defence

Lockheed awards Marvin Test Solutions’ SmartCan SERD certification

14th September 2022
Sheryl Miles

Marvin Test Solutions, a provider of globally deployed innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organisations has announced that its MTS‐3060A SmartCan Universal O‐Level Armament Test Set is officially certified for F‐16 armament systems test by Lockheed Martin.

Support Equipment Requirements Document (SERD) certification signifies that the SmartCan is safe, operable, and effective for testing F‐16 armament systems including launchers, bomb racks, pylons, fuel tanks, and the gun.

LMA certified, the SmartCan supports of one of its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The F‐16 System Programme Office (SPO) also declared that the SmartCan O‐Level Armament Test Set is a fully qualified and approved solution for the F‐16 Fighting Falcon and assigned SERD #75A77.

“Since its introduction in 2011 to the F‐16 and other aircraft, the MTS‐3060A SmartCan serves as the choice of an ever‐increasing number of customers worldwide seeking active O‐Level test of both smart and legacy armament systems on fighter and rotary aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and ground launched weapons systems,” said Major General Stephen T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), CEO of Marvin Test Solutions. “SERD certification gives the warfighters we serve the confidence that the SmartCan is qualified for flightline armament test by both the F‐16’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the F‐16 SPO. We appreciate the opportunity to work with both Lockheed Martin and the USAF F‐16 SPO achieving this major milestone in the history of the SmartCan. MTS is proud of this accomplishment as it will allow us to satisfy the requirement of many potential domestic and international customers who were awaiting the SERD certification.”

The innovative MTS‐3060A is the most cybersecure handheld armament test set available and deployed globally on fighter and remotely piloted aircraft including the F‐16, F‐15C/E, FA‐50, F‐5, foreign RPA, and ground‐based weapon systems.

The SmartCan will also be deployed on the A‐10, F/A‐18, and AH‐64 in the second half of 2022. Additionally, it incorporates the ability to support current and future communication interfaces used on aircraft armament systems and many other weapon systems, enabling test and maintenance of all armament systems deployed on any armed aircraft and ground‐based systems.

As a result of its extensive capabilities, the SmartCan is also used as a weapons emulator in System Integration Labs (SILs) and is currently being evaluated as a missile test set.

With a very small footprint, and fast test procedures compared with currently deployed test sets, the MTS‐3060A SmartCan provides outstanding multi‐aircraft support to warfighters deployed under the USAF’s Agile Combat Employment (ACE) CONOPS and fits well into the Air Force’s vision of the Flightline of the Future (FLOF).

The SmartCan test development and deployment are greatly simplified utilising ATEasy, MTS’s full‐featured test executive and test development software suite.

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