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F-14 Air Data Computer (SCADC2)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0160
Category: Air Data
Object Type: Signal/Data Processor
Object Name: F-14 Air Data Computer (SCADC2)
Part No: 50-100-01
Serial No: 0214
Manufacturer: GEC Avionics
Division: Instrument Systems [ISD]
Platform(s): F-14 Tomcat 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
218 
Height (mm):
165 
Depth (mm):
505 
Weight (g):
11,880 
Location: Main Object Store
Inscription(s):

G.E.C. Avionics Ltd
Cmptr. Air Data. CPU-175/A
PN 50-100-01
Mfr K0656
DsgnAct K0656
NSN
Contr F33657-85-C-0025
SerNo 0214
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WARNING
Self Tests 1, 2, 3 and 9 can cause control surfaces to move if aircraft has hydraulic power
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(1) A table of Slew Rates vs Slew Mode & BIT Code
(2) The external surface is marked with the location of its internal modules: PSM, WSM, TTA, STA, BPA, RTM, ADP, TIM, CCM, UIM (1 & 2), STM & SIM.

Notes:

This may have been one of the units returned for crash investigations as it seems too late for Sand & Dust testing. The Contract was F33657-85-C-0025.

In 1981 Instrument Systems Division began the design of a new generation of Air Data Computers designed for the combined USAF and USN Standard Central Air Data Computer (SCADC) programme. The system was designed to fulfil the retrofit requirements of 38 different aircraft types and to do so with only four configurations. The aircraft types include the following:-

A-4M and TA-4J Skyhawk, A-6E/F, KA-6D and EA-6A Intruder, EA-6B Prowler, TC-4C Gulfstream, A-7D/E/K and TA-7C Corsair II, C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye, KC-135 Stratotanker, C-5A/B Galaxy, C-141A/B Starlifter, F-111A/E/D/F, FB-111A, EF-111A, F-4C/D/E/G/J/N/S, and RF-4B/C Phantom and the S-3A/B and US-3A Viking. In 1992 an order for a further 290 units was received, being the eighth option, bringing the total procured to 5552 units. 387 units of the SCADC system were at this time being supplied for the F-14 Tomcat.

The high commonality was achieved with a unique software re-configurable design. Output parameters, ranges and scalings are selected for each aircraft type by the software, which recognises the host from a code wired into the aircraft connector pins. The SCADC core hardware set provides over 80% of the hardware in every application and the remainder is addressed by one or two special-to-type modules. A multiplicity of analogue interfaces can be handled and the Mil-Std 1553 DataBus is also a feature. Production commenced in 1985 with first deliveries the following year and in 1989 these deliveries surpassed 4,000 units. In addition in 1988 ISD received the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement for SCADC.

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