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The following system components and component parts are discussed below mentioning their function, location, and how many are available.

204.1.1 Bomb bay weapons stations.

The P-3 bombay consists of a maximum of 8 stations for loading weapons (4-upper & 4-lower). The maximum amount of "Charlie" stations is 3.

 204.1.2 Wing weapons stations:

  1.  Pylons- used to suspend launchers or bombs from the aircraft wings, fuselage or bomb bay.

  2. Bomb rack (BRU-15)- aircraft bombs, torpedoes, mines, missile and other stores are suspended internally or externally from pylons by bomb racks. Bomb racks carry, arm and release stores.

204.1.3 Search stores delivery subsystems:

  1. Internal launch tubes- consists of 3 pressurized tubes for launching sonobuoys.

  2. External launch tubes- consists of 48 non-pressurized tubes for launching sonobuoys.
  3. Free-fall chute- consists of a single chute located aft of the 3 PSLTs. A protective sleeve is required to be inserted into the free-fall chute prior to usage. This will illiminate damage to the aft undersection of the aircraft.

204.1.4 Countermeasures equipment:

  1. AN/ALE-29 dispenser module- the AN-ALE-39 Countermeasures Dispensing System (CMDS), in conjunction with ehe AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Set (MWS), is designed to provide protection for the P-3C from missile attacks. The CMDS, when fully operational, can dispense up to 60 passive radar decoy (chaff) cartridges, infrared decoy (flare) cartridges, or electronic (jammer) cartridges. This system, however, is not presently configured to dispense active jammers.

204.5.1 What special safety precautions apply to:

  1. Bomb bay doors operation-



2. Sonobuoy safety switch-


3. Countermeasures dispenser-