|Object Type:||Data Storage|
|Object Name:||Cartridge Drive Assy|
|Year of Manufacture:||Unknown|
|Location:||Main Object Store|
GEC Avionics Limited
Cartridge Drive Assy.
DL Iss. 1
Mod. Record -
Mission planning was carried out with the aid of paper maps but modern military aircraft have sophisticated navigation and attack systems and film or digital map displays. An aircraft’s mission is planned on the ground at a workstation and a data loading device, a non-volatile memory cartridge, is employed to download the mission information from the mission planning workstation and transfer it to the aircraft systems. Apart from the route and waypoints information on threats, Radio/Nav settings, Weapons settings, terrain and flight profile are just some of the information a pilot might need for a successful mission.
The data transfer cartridge system has another application to record aircraft data and enable it to be downloaded for ground crew and servicing.
The data cartridge itself has to be rugged and reliable with a high data integrity and the ability to download fast.
It is not currently known if the function of this Cartridge Drive Assembly was for mission planning or maintenance and we do not have a cartridge.
Although badged "GEC Avionics" it was likely manufactured by Vetco Cray Controls Ltd.