Space & Recovery Air Systems Experience
Delivering Technology, Innovation, and Solutions
Expert in aircraft applications including spin/stall recovery systems
Airborne Systems has extensive experience and expertise in a variety of applications related to aircraft safety and effectiveness, weapons delivery and delivery of personnel and cargo to the warfighter.
Aircraft applications include spin and stall recovery systems for flight test, aircraft escape systems – ejection seat and walk around, and aircraft landing brakes. Weapons systems include decelerators for both conventional, submunitions and special weapons.
Military systems include gliding and non-gliding personnel parachutes for all class of air drop, as well as conventional and precision cargo delivery systems. Airborne Systems also supports the U.S. Missile Defense Agency by providing a number of air launch systems to deliver targets for use in the testing of missile defense systems.
Experience and Capabilities
- Aerial Targets
- Aircraft Landing Deceleration Systems
- Cargo Delivery Parachute Systems
- Weapons Systems
- Aircraft Escape Systems
- Aircraft Spin and Stall Recovery Systems
- Flight Termination Systems
Airborne Systems has been a supplier of parachute recovery systems for aerial targets for many decades, including the original equipment designer for the MQM-107 aerial target. Airborne Systems is the designer and sole source supplier for the recovery systems for the Composite Engineering BQM-167A, BQM-177A and MQM-178 aerial targets. The BQM-167A system has now been in service with the USAF for over a decade and has demonstrated extremely high reliability. These current systems include parachute flotation devices, and the next generation of systems will include airbag landing systems, both using Airborne Systems inflatables systems technology.
Aircraft Landing Deceleration Systems
Airborne Systems has provided aircraft landing deceleration systems for a range of different aircraft, over many years. Airborne Systems is the designer and the only original equipment manufacturer for F‑16 deceleration systems, and continues to build system for legacy aircraft including the F-5 and B-52. Airborne Systems is currently developing the landing deceleration system for the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.
Below is an artist’s impression of the F-35 drag chute.
Cargo Delivery Parachute Systems
As the new technology personnel systems allow safe and secure deployment of personnel from lower flying aircraft, Airborne Systems is applying these lessons learned to the next generation of low level cargo delivery systems. These will complement the guided cargo systems that are suited for the high threat environments. Airborne Systems has tested parachutes designed as replacements for the existing in-service G-11 and G-12 systems. These new designs are capable of operation at the same flight conditions as the new personnel systems that are now fielded by the U.S. forces.
Airborne Systems continues to provide and support many different parachute systems for weapons products. On-going product development programs are focused on the next generation of systems, and Airborne Systems continues to support the existing inventory of equipment, including the Air Inflatable Retarder (AIR) system for the BSU‑49/BSU-85 series of weapons.
Aircraft Escape Systems
Airborne Systems has produces a range of aircraft escape systems for use on ejection seats. These systems are in service on thousands of aircraft around the world. Airborne Systems continues to develop modern design systems intended to allow safe and survivable escape by aircraft personnel over a wider range of weight classes than current systems. These modern systems are being developed for use in new aircraft applications and for retrofit into the fleet of existing aircraft ejection seats.
Aircraft Spin and Stall Recovery Systems
Airborne Systems is the world’s premier provider of aircraft spin and stall recovery parachute systems. Airborne Systems experience in this field extends for nearly 50 years, starting with the early DC-9 aircraft and continuing through to systems for most of the current major aircraft manufacturers.
Airborne Systems provides complete systems including the parachute system, typically mortar-deployed, the Attach / Release Mechanism (ARM) systems, the cockpit control avionics and support structures. The Airborne Systems team provides ground support equipment including on-site support to the initial installation and rapid response to customer support inquiries.
Spin recovery systems are currently being provided for the F-16, F/A-22, Korean Aerospace T-50, Aermacchi M-346 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as well as smaller ‘light’ aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan. Stall recovery systems, typically used to recovery ‘T’-tailed aircraft from a deep stall condition, are used by most of the major aircraft manufacturers, including Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Embraer, Gulfstream and Honda Aircraft.
Flight Termination Systems
Airborne Systems has provided a range of flight termination systems for a number of different unmanned vehicles. These flight termination systems are designed to be able to terminate the unmanned vehicle’s flight, e.g. when required to keep a vehicle within a defined test range boundary. Airborne Systems is currently providing and supporting systems for the AGM‑86 cruise missile, the NASA X-37 flight demonstrator and for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute’s tilt-rotor unmanned aircraft.