AIM 9 Sidewinder Missile under repair and calibration.
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is a family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide range of modern tactical aircraft in the U.S. military and uses in infrared seeker to home in on the heat source of its target.
Dowty Hi-PAGG on the LAU-7 Thermal Image Launcher on F18
British Aerospace air weapons division won a contract from Dowty Fuel Systems for several hundred titanium filter housings. Made by a “unique production process” devised by Hatfield, the filter housings are made by exploiting the superplastic properties of titanium: the cylindrical pressure vessels are formed in one piece from titanium bar stock. They operate at a maximum pressure of 4,2501b/in2 (300kg/cm2) as part of Dowty’s Hi-PAGG 200 air generators. The titanium vessels are stronger, lighter, more fatigue resistant and cleaner, according to British Aerospace air weapons division at Hatfield
Photograph taken at Ultra Electronics, Hednesford