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Robertson Fuel Systems

SUSTAINING MEMBER OF THE MONTH - April 2016

“Robertson saves lives by containing fuel.”  For 40 years Robertson Fuel Systems has been the acknowledged world leader in survivable fuel systems and fuel containment technologies.  Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC, formerly known as Robertson Aviation, LLC, of Tempe, Arizona has designed, manufactured, and fielded over 11,000 crashworthy, ballistic ally self-sealing primary and auxiliary fuel systems for rotary and fixed winged aircraft and ground combat vehicles.

In the 1960s, the company’s founder, Dr. S. Harry Robertson, pioneered the development of crashworthy fuel systems.  The concept behind Robertson’s technology is to contain the fuel in ballistic, crash, blast and fragmentation events thus saving lives by preventing fuel fed fires.  If the event is humanly survivable, Robertson’s commitment to its customers is that, “no crew member will perish in a post event fire.”  The Robertson fuel containment approach to crashworthy fuel systems has proven effective in limiting the loss of life and catastrophic aircraft damage.  By providing crashworthy, ballistically tolerant, and self-sealing capabilities to contain the fuel, precluding fires and the losses fire creates, Robertson enhances aircrew and aircraft survivability. This technology application has essentially eliminated thermal injuries and deaths in U.S. military and civilian helicopters.  Recognizing the need for equivalent safety and assurance beyond aviation, Robertson has expanded its efforts to ground vehicle systems as well.  The company continues Dr. Robertson’s research and develops, produces, and sustains systems that enhance the survivability of aircraft and ground vehicles. 

Robertson self-funds the development of its products; reducing lead times and simplifying the procurement process for our customers.   

Robertson systems self-seal against ballistic threats ranging from 7.62mm and .50 caliber Armor Piercing (AP) straight and tumbled projectiles to 23mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI). Our survivable fuel systems meet requirements for military crashworthiness in accordance with MIL-DTL-27422 and MIL STD 1290.  Robertson Fuel Systems are proven in combat.  Robbie Tanks are used by all branches of the United States Department of Defense, FBI, Department of State, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard and over 30 International Countries, ranging in capacity from 30 gallons to 800 gallons. 

Robertson’s entry into the military product line began with the US Army Special Operations Command 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) helicopters, providing crashworthy and self-sealing auxiliary fuel systems.  Today, nearly all US Army rotary wing aircraft flies with Robertson’s survivable auxiliary fuel systems to the point that the crews have nicknamed Robertson’s products “Robbie Tanks”.  This includes the following for US Army aircraft: 

AH-64 (Apache Attack Helicopter)

·       Combo Pak Internal Auxiliary Fuel System (IAFS) (100 gals)

·       Reduced Size Crashworthy External Fuel System (RCEFS) (125 gals)

 

UH-60 (Blackhawk Utility Helicopter)

·       Crashworthy External Fuel System (CEFS) (200 gals)

·       GUARDIAN® 185 Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank System (IAFTS) (175 gals)

·       GUARDIAN® 200 Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank System (IAFTS) (194 gals)

 

CH-47 (Chinook Cargo Helicopter)

·       Extended Range Fuel System II (ERFS II) (800 gals)

·       Reduced Size Extended Range Fuel System (RSERFS) (520 gals)

 

AH-6 (Little Bird Attack Helicopter)

·       Crashworthy Primary Fuel System (CWPFS) (62 gals)

·       GOLIATH (62 gals)

·       Improved Conformal Equipment (ICE) (30 gals)

 

(Shadow Unmanned Arial Vehicle)

·       Shadow Enhanced Fuel System (EFS) (Primary fuel system)

 

 

Robbie tanks fly on most US Army rotary wing aircraft 

Robertson is now taking that same proven fuel containment technology and adapting it to ground vehicles for self-sealing and blast tolerant capabilities.  Robertson and US Army testing has proven self-sealing against such threats as ballistic shot up to 14.5mm AP and fragmentation events.  Our blast tolerant capability has been tested and validated by the US Army on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle for under vehicle IED events.  Robertson has also successfully tested blast tolerant capability against grenades and small IEDs for lightweight tactical and combat vehicles.  In those cases where the threat is an overmatch to the fuel system such as Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP), Robertson has developed a passive fire suppression applique solution that bolts onto the fuel tank.  We have successfully tested this applique to prevent fuel fed fires in the overmatch event. 

For the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Robertson developed and produced the Bradley Fuel Cell Survivability (BFCS) as part of the US Army’s Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III (BUSK III) effort.  The BFCS was proven through US Army testing to keep the fuel contained in the fuel cell during an IED event thus preventing a fuel fed fire.  The BFCS is form, fit, and function identical to the legacy lower fuel tank but enhances survivability.  The BFCS has been retrofit onto the entire fleet of Bradley Fighting Vehicles.  Robertson also has survivable fuel systems in development for the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP).

 

 

The BFCS, pure fleeted on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and other products in development for ground vehicles 

Robertson has been, and will always be, about ensuring the safety of those who protect us and about providing survivable fuel solutions on the ground and in the air.

Robbie tanks extend the reach of freedom and drive enhanced survivability.