T-45C Weapons System
SYSTEMS IN-FLIGHT PROCEDURES
Approaching the target area, select the A/G stores display on the right MFD by selecting MENU,
STRS then A/G. Selecting the A/G stores display also selects the HUD A/G master mode. The last
entered weapon and station, submode, weapon quantity, rocket firing mode (if RKT selected), and
MIL setting (MAN selected) entered during pre-flight are displayed. Verify HUD weapons delivery
symbology is correct or modify it using the stores display and/or the DEP. If CCIP submode is
selected and the target height for the active waypoint is not correct, enter a new target height. Set
the VCR switch to the briefed position. Setting the Master Armament switch to ARM is all that
remains to be done (Figure 14 and Figure 15). When changing delivery patterns, select the desired
submode, weapon and station on the A/G stores display and, if required, adjust the MIL setting using
the SET DEP +/- rocker switch on the DEP. Though the weapon quantity indication may indicate
zero, it is not an indication that all weapons were released from the aircraft. You must still perform a
hung ordnance check. Following the weapons mission, select HSI on the right MFD and press
MODE on the DEP once to return to the HUD navigation master mode.
Figure 14: AIR-TO-GROUND STORESMANUAL
Figure 15: HUD AIR-TO-GROUND MANUAL BOMB
Aircraft weapons delivery requires maneuvering to a roll-in position in order to achieve a desired dive
angle, then making corrections during the dive to compensate for wind and deviations from optimum
delivery parameters. The T-45C system can also be flown in either a relatively automated Continu-
ously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) mode or Manual (MAN) mode, which requires the pilot to make
all required calculations. When using CCIP, the system automatically computes a predicted weapon
impact point adjusted for wind, dive angle, and airspeed.
As a proficient Naval aviator, one must learn how to make fundamental calculations and perform
adjustments during bombing runs. As one becomes competent in delivery, ones understanding of
various parameters and how to manage them from the cockpit will mature.
A HUD is a valuable asset for Naval attack pilots. It allows them to perform air-to-ground weapons
delivery while keeping attention focused outside the cockpit.