A HIGH SENSITIVITY ultra-violet optical detector has been developed by Kidde Aerospace for incorporation on the Lockheed/Boeing F-22 advanced tactical fighter for the US Air Force.

The sensor, used in the UK Company's optical fire-detection system, provides ultra-fast detection of flames in engine or auxiliary-power-unit compartments.

Kidde has also developed a dual-channel infra red optical detector, which uses digital electronics to control rapid-discharge suppressors. It is designed to provide fire/explosion protection for combat aircraft dry-bay zones adjacent to fuel tanks.

Source: Flight International