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MTS-3060A SmartCan
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SmartCan Gen2, Universal O-Level Armament Tester for Smart & Legacy Systems

  • Supports both “smart” and legacy weapons
  • Supports multiple platforms including F-18, F-16, F-15, TA-50, FA-50, F-5, Hawk, and more
  • Support for MIL-STD-1760 “smart” weapons systems
  • Simultaneous and continuous monitoring of up to 6 Squib firing circuits
  • Audio and video signal generation
  • Supports standard operating modes of SERD 75060 & A/E24T-199
  • ATEasy® software environment supports TPS development and encryption

Description

The MTS-3060A SmartCan™ Gen2 builds on the features and capabilities of the MTS-3060 SmartCan™, offering advanced flightline test capabilities for suspension and Alternate Mission Equipment (AME) including pylons, launchers, bomb racks, and pods. A high-performance, hand-held device with a shape of a “beercan”, the MTS-3060A offers advanced flightline test capabilities as well providing test capabilities associated with  traditional "beercan" test sets. The state-of-the-art MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 is unlike any other Beercan tester and provides measurement, loading and stimuli functions that are typically associated with large O-Level testers such as the SERD-75501 and the A/E241-199. With multiple measurement channels, dedicated and continuous squib circuit monitoring, multiple load channels, audio and video simulation, and MIL-STD-1760 support, the MTS-3060A can support any platform and any “smart” and legacy armament system, without updating the OFP.

The MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 delivers advanced flightline test capabilities and is an ideal O-Level tester for AME and other aircraft systems as well as providing comprehensive test capabilities for both legacy and 5th generation platforms. The MTS-3060 and MTS-3060A are deployed in 10 countries on multiple platforms and the MTS-3060 is in use by the U.S. Air Force as a smart weapon simulator for JDAM and AMRAAM.

While providing advanced capabilities to support new and complex weapons systems, the MTS-3060A maintains full compatibility with legacy Beercan testers such as the SERD-75060 and A/E241-199, preserving the substantial investment in cables and adapters associated with both of these testers. New adapters and cables that offer a substantial cost reduction and improved reliability provide a path forward once the current legacy adapters and cables require repair or replacement.
MTS-3060A

Features

The unique design and features of the MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 provide test capabilities that are not typically associated with Beercan testers. Instead of only one or two measurement channels, the MTS-3060A provides more than 30 measurement channels and the capability to simulate legacy and “smart” weapons. The multiple channels alleviate the requirement to use multiple Beercan testers when testing armament systems with multiple squibs (such as MAU-12, MAU-50, LAU-117, etc.). The simultaneous testing of multiple squib signals, combined with a unique cross-fire algorithm, provides a robust test process that is superior to the single-channel or dual-channel methods offered by legacy Beercans. The measurement channels include:
  • AC/DC high-voltage measurement channels for up to 300V signals
  • DC measurement channels for 4-39VDC with an E-Load capable of loading up to 5A per channel
  • Squib measurement signals with continuous monitoring (threshold detector) and parametric testing
  • General-purpose measurement channels for -50V to +50V signals
The MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 can generate audio and video signals required to simulate missile functions when testing AGM-65 and AIM-9 systems, providing a more robust test. Three channels of audio and one channel of video can be simultaneously generated.

An innovative power management system allows operation of the SmartCan Gen2 for over 24 hours without the need to replace the standard or rechargeable AA batteries. This extended operation is achieved using sleep modes and drawing power from the AME when available. With multiple measurement channels internal to the SmartCan Gen2, the adapter cables have been simplified and most do not require any selectors or electronics (as the legacy adapters do).
MTS-3060A power management system

With a sunlight-readable LCD display and multi-function keys, the MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 provides more capabilities, more test instructions and more test information than any other Beercan or O-Level tester.
MTS-3060A Failed TestMTS-3060A Passed Test
During tests, the display’s background color indicates test status with green denoting a passing test and red denoting a test that failed. The LCD can also display the actual test results of the last test run.

Weapons Simulation

The MTS-3060A provides more than the typical Beercan measurement functions. Some weapons systems and especially the newer “smart” weapons will not activate the firing circuits unless a weapon is present. With its weapons simulation capabilities, the MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 is the right tool for smart weapons systems testing, delivering a robust test with expanded fault coverage. Weapons simulation features include:
  • Simulates major functions of missiles for testing of 16S210, LAU-129, LAU-117, AGM-65, and AIM-120
  • Simulates JDAM and AMRAAM for MIL-STD-1760 testing
  • Simulates major functions of bombs and rockets for TER-9 and SUU-20 testing
  • Simulates major functions of launchers for preload testing
  • Simulates major functions for F-16 Internal Gun pickup
  • Simulates audio signals including frequency sweep
  • Simulates RS-170 Video signal

Built-In Test and Self-Test

The MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 contains a Built-In-Test (BIT) that provides verification of major circuits. A comprehensive Self-Test verifies the MTS-3060’s performance including the cables and adapters using a self-test adapter. BIT and Self-Test can be performed at the flight line or at the back shop, no special external test equipment is required other than the self-test adapter.

Calibration

The MTS-3060A SmartCan™ Gen2 employs an innovative calibration technique that further simplifies maintenance and reduces scheduled maintenance down-time and associated logistics. Multiple NIST-traceable, high-precision references have been incorporated into the design of the SmartCan Gen2, and the MTS-3060A verifies its calibration status against these references every time the self-test is performed. In the event the MTS-3060A is out of calibration, the test set initiates an automated calibration procedure that calibrates the MTS-3060A's measurement and stimuli circuits against the built-in references. The references have to be checked once every 4 years using standard PMEL equipment that can be brought to the field and does not require removal of the test set to the depot or the PMEL facility.

Rugged Construction

The rugged construction of the MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 facilitates field operation anywhere in the world. The MTS-3060A’s ability to operate in adverse weather conditions makes it the ultimate tool for testing. Additional protection has been included in the MTS-3060A to minimize equipment damage if the SmartCan is dropped by the user. The MTS-3060A is ergonomically designed for ease of use and will not roll when placed on angled surfaces.

Improved Adapters

While the MTS-3060A supports legacy SERD 75060 and A/E241-199 adapters, the MTS-3060A can also be provided with new adapters and cables that are more reliable and cost-effective. The design of the MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 “relocates” the majority of switching and loads into the SmartCan Gen2, resulting in a streamlined and simplified adapter design for increased reliability.

TPS Development and Connectivity

The MTS-3060A is supplied with ATEasy® which provides the software development environment for creating test programs. ATEasy is a full featured test development and test executive environment and provides all of the tools for developing, encrypting and loading a test program into the MTS-3060A via an SD card. The development of test programs can be done by the end user or MTS personnel.

The MTS-3060A SmartCan Gen2 can connect to external computers, allowing log files for each weapon to be easily moved or copied to a computer for printing and analysis. Alternatively, data can be accessed via a removable SD card. This feature is especially important when failures occur and the availability of data for further analysis is critical to facilitate timely repair of the aircraft.

Applications

  • Flight line armament testing and troubleshooting
  • Flight line pre-load testing
  • Flight line avionics testing
  • Missile/weapon simulation
MTS-3060A adapters
SmartCan Gen2 Kit