Sun, Jan 15, 2006
Wiring for pylons on
F-16 Fighting Falcons are being upgraded by the 309th Commodities
Maintenance Squadron at Ogden Air Logistics Center, enabling the
jets to handle 21st century smart munitions.
The cables that deliver the pilot's commands to the munitions
must be more complex as weapon systems and munitions improve.
"The current modifications consist of removing the wiring
harness, machining the pylon to accept a new, larger version, then
installing it and reassembling the pylon," said Steve Morlock, the
squadron’s armament flight chief.
"Then we have to perform electrical tests to ensure everything
is working as planned and finish it off with a paint job."
The result is a better-equipped aircraft able to use more
precise munitions and limit collateral damage on the battlefield.
The pylon shop recently improved its process, cutting several flow
days off the production schedule.
"The pylon team was given the reins to make it all happen," said
Capt. Joe Fuller, the squadron's director of operations. "They
bought into the process (and) used the expertise of our consultants
to stay on track."
Consequently, the pylons return to the supply system earlier
than expected, Captain Fuller said. This enables aircraft worldwide
to upgrade munitions capability quicker. [ANN Salutes G. A. Volb,
Ogden Air Logistics Center Public Affairs]
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