Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

We are in Obninsk, Russia, to see how they test aircraft and locomotive glazing there for resistance to bird strikes and other impacts.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

This is the glazing of Ka-62 helicopter.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

And this system is for test shooting. It is mounted on an anti-aircraft gun carriage made in 1954.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Gun length – twelve meters.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The system itself was made in 1971 in Kasnoznamensk, Russia.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Pneumatic launching device Pu-132.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The gun is powered by air and shoots with compressed air.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Two air receivers from a submarine are used. They can provide pressure of 400 atms, but are certified for 30 atms, which is enough to achieve a speed of about 1200 -1300 km/h.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The inner diameter of the barrel is 132 mm, the shell mass – up to 2 kg.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The mass of our test “bird” is one kilogram, its speed – 270km/h.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Control panel.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

After being shot.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The test has been passed successfully, the window is neither cracked nor broken.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

The glazing is considered bird-impact resistant because it has no reach-through breakdown (pilot should not suffer). The helicopter itself should be able to further fly for at least two hours. And it will until it runs out of fuel.

Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia

Such glazing will be used for a number of Russian helicopters in the near future.

via kronos

 

3 thoughts on “Testing Aircraft Glazing In Russia”

  1. Windshield tests use a 6 pound (2.72 kg)chicken in USA certification testing. Of course the speed is determined by the aircraft’s normal operating speed.

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