The US Air Force recently tested a prototype robotic system for loading aircraft weapons at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
Square One’s systems design, MHU-TSX, uses non-hydraulic actuation making its movements precise, a key advantage over current weapon transport systems, the Jackson-based company revealed.
Bob Viola, Square One Systems Design’s director of engineering said adding a set of sensors to the system would make it more self-sufficient, leaving staff only “to oversee what they’re doing, which should speed up the process of loading ”.
Air Force Initiative
The company began product development as part of an air force initiative called AFWERX looking for partnerships with “private technology-driven companies” to resolve service issues.
Alto said they were “aware that weapon loading was an ongoing area that the Air Force would like to see modernized and that we had in fact developed some of the early concepts.”
“AFWERX was our intermediary, then Global Strike Command and Material Command became sensitive to our ideas, thus becoming our partners in the program. “
Six decades old loading equipment
Provide further information on the Air Force loading problem, Mike Black, chief of the modernization division of the Air Force Global Strike Command munitions division, said that “the design of our current equipment is between 50 and 60 years old” and “lack of compatibility with our newer hypersonic weaponry and heavier “.
The 2nd Maintenance Group has tested the system and is awaiting the results. The developers said they were waiting for a review but were confident in the system’s potential to revolutionize aircraft maintenance.