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Having achieved a 95 percent share of the Turkish market with the ARES Fire Suppression System developed for military land vehicles, Nero Industries has turned its experience to the development of customised ARES systems for air platforms.
ARES Systems Optimised for Air Platforms
The R&D activities carried out by Nero Industries have led to the development of ARES AERO systems for the engine compartments, crew cabins, landing gear and cargo compartments of various helicopters and aircraft. Nero has developed new components for use in aerial platforms, although they are based on the ARES systems components that have repeatedly proven themselves on land vehicles operating under combat conditions. These components are required to be in compliance with aviation standards, including:
- DO-160G Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment,
- DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware, and
- DO-178C Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification.
These standards require certification works for new components to begin at the design stage.
Commenting on ARES AERO systems, Alican Ökçün, Chairman of the Board of Nero Industries, says: “We would like to transfer the experience we have gained in the development of Fire Suppression Systems for land platforms to the field of air platforms, and we want to take a part, as the global manufacturer of unique Fire Suppression Systems, in the air platforms.”
New Components on the Way
Nero’s R&D activities are focused on new type of components, with the targeted outputs of these efforts outlined below:
- Fire Extinguishers for Air Platforms: The fire extinguishers that are currently in use aboard land platforms have a cylindrical structure, while those to be used aboard air platforms are planned to be spherical due to volumetric constraints.
- Control Systems for Air Platforms: Developed for land platforms, ARES Fire Suppression Systems act quickly and automatically to extinguish fires. However, on air platforms, having a fire suppression system that operates automatically, independent of the pilot, poses many risks. Therefore, ARES AERO systems are developed in such a way that the decision to activate the extinguisher is left to the pilot. Instead of deploying automatically, the system will provide the pilot with information about the detected fire in the fastest and most ergonomic way, allowing the pilot to make a healthy decision without having to cope with any additional cognitive burden.
- Detection Systems for Air Platforms: New sensors that differ from those aboard land systems are being developed specifically for ARES AERO. One such system is the Leak Detector used in Bleed Air Systems (systems that use high pressure air drawn from the compressor of turbine engines to operate equipment in different parts of the aircraft or helicopter). This high-pressure air can reach temperatures of 2500C, and can cause fire to in the event of a breach of the air duct. One of the greatest challenges in the development of new detectors is that due to the high temperatures experienced in the turbine engines, the sensors being developed must withstand temperatures of up to 2,0000F (approximately 1,0930C). Thermal heat sensors in the form of wires, as well as smoke detectors used for fire detection in air platforms, have been developed with this performance data in mind.
Meanwhile Standart Kontrol ve Test Hizmetleri, which operates within the same group as Nero Industries, providing independent testing services to the defence and aerospace sector, is working to meet the requirements of such aviation standards as DO-160G, DO-254 and DO-178C, in parallel with its works on ARES AERO.
ARES systems are currently providing protection to over 2,000 platforms within the Turkish Armed Forces, the General Command of Gendarmerie and the Turkish National Police, and aside from the 95 percent market share they hold in Turkey, these products are also serving on the platforms of the security forces of 22 other countries.