Systems Group demonstrated new parachute delivery systems during
the company's "Airborne Days" demonstration event.
Among the highlights were the Advanced Tactical Parachute System
(ATPS) slated to replace the US Army's aging T-10 series non-steerable
troop parachutes in use since the 1950's. ATPS is designed for
improved safety, by reducing the rate of descent by 25 percent
from 22 feet per second with the T-10 to an average rate of
descent of 18 feet per second for a 385lbs Total Jumper Weight.
Consequently, the decline in rate of descent will reduce the
impact energy by almost 40% to lessen the potential for injury.
It has a newly redesigned reserve parachute and an integrated
harness system more adaptable for use by a wide range of jumpers
(fifth percentile to the 95th percentile soldier).
is supplying the U.S. Army's latest steerable troop parachute,
the MC-6 system which is being fielded to replace the U.S. Army's
MC1-1 series of steerable troop parachutes. Several high performance
military parachutes were also featured. These included the Hi
Glide HAHO (High Altitude, High Opening) system which has the
highest gliding capability available and has been adopted by
the U.S. Marine Corps, along with the Raider/Intruder System
currently under evaluation as a candidate for the replacement
of the U.S. Army's MC-4 Ram Air Parachute System. Airborne also
demonstrated the LLP (Low Level Parachute) system, the standard
non-steerable troop parachute in the United Kingdom, and the
SAP (Steerable Assault Parachute).
is offering a new family of GPS guided autonomous parachute
delivery systems known as Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System
(JPADS). Airborne developed these products as a family of platforms,
with varying weights and sizes using the same software platform.
With this "family" approach, the user interface on
the autonomous guidance units and the mission planer are identical
across the various models of "smart" cargo delivery
products. Demonstrations were provided for the ARK (Aerial Rescue
Kit) and SPARK (Small Pack Rescue Kit) which are the latest
technologies used in aerial delivery rescue and survival equipment.
NJ based Airborne Systems has combined the core technologies
of four of the world's leading parachute brands; Irvin Aerospace,
GQ Parachutes, Para-Flite and AML (Aircraft Materials, Ltd).