Airmen attending the Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Pope AFB, N.C., recently used a new emergency parachute jettison device for the first time. In development since 1997, the new tool was created to quickly and safely jettison malfunctioning parachutes during airdrop sorties involving heavy equipment. Loadmasters from Dyess AFB, Tex., and Little Rock AFB, Ark., participated in the exercise. MSgt. Steven Pyszka, a loadmaster training instructor from Air Mobility Command headquarters, said that current protocol states that aircrews must take a knife to loads that fail to drop and try to cut the lines by hand to release the load. The new device, which should be operational in 2007, initiates a quick release “at the flip of a switch,” he added.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…