F-16 Pylons Receive Upgrade | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.21.14 **
** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **
** Airborne 11.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.17.14 **

Sun, Jan 15, 2006

F-16 Pylons Receive Upgrade

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]

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.21.14: AEA's 3Q/14 Report, Fantasy Of Flight, Modernizing The NAS

Also: Holland Wants Gold, FAA Strangling UAVs?, RAF WWII Trainer For Sale, Bf109s Live, Georgia v Aerospace Engineers The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its third-qu>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.23.14)

"Reaching this stage that we call ATLO is a critical milestone. This is a very satisfying point of the mission as we transition from many teams working on their individual elements>[...]

ANN FAQ: Getting The Most Out Of ANN's Newsletters

ANN goes through a lot of trouble to make the graphics flashy and cool and an integral part of the story. But let's face it, they're bandwidth-intensive. So here are a couple of th>[...]

Air Force Funds Research On Thermal Management Technology For Fighters

Heat Generated By Electronic Systems A Growing Challenge Managing heat that is generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace sy>[...]

Raytheon Successfully Demonstrates Airborne Electronic Attack System

Prototype Test Flights Evaluate Integrated Electronic Warfare Capabilities The U.S. Navy and Raytheon successfully demonstrated an end to end, first of its kind, integrated electro>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC