The RAT or Ram Air Turbine is located in the underside of the left wing air intake, and can be lowered into the airstream by pulling the RAT release toggle. This toggle or handle is located on top of the cockpit glare shield. when pulling the handle it in turn causes the Bowden cable operated bomb slip to release the RAT into the airstream under the wing. At the same time the rat deploys, all non-essential electrical loads are shed, or shut down. The RAT  alternator provides 22 KVA, 3 phase, 200 volt, 400 hertz to the essential emergency systems. For the RAT to function properly the aircraft should be kept above 250 knots.

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