Airborne Systems Unveils Enhanced UNICROSS Cargo Parachute
Pennsauken, New Jersey - 1 April, 2010
A new approach for dropping supplies by parachute, for both military and commercial users, has been announced by the Airborne Systems Group, the world leader in parachute systems.
Airborne Systems has improved the Unicross one-time delivery system so that it is now more durable and capable of being used for multiple drops yet retaining its economical benefit.
“The new improved Unicross provides an ideal economical solution for training, humanitarian, and war-time needs. It is more robust and increases its use from a one-drop system for which it was originally designed to an average of five drops,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Vice President, Customer Business Team North America.
The unique design of the Unicross parachute system is user friendly and easy to assemble for use, pack and repair. It is made of 2 sizes of interchangeable panels (crown and wings panels) which are manually tied together. The Unicross can be packed in roughly 1 hour and any damaged components can easily be changed out by simply untying and replacing panels in the canopy.
There is also another significant change to the newly improved Unicross parachute. Instead of just offering parachutes at predefined weights, Airborne Systems is now offering a modular option capability allowing the user to assemble parachutes to meet any payload requirement between 500 and 2,200 lbs. The added benefit of this modular option is that replacement panels are readily available and can be reordered individually rather than having to order complete new replacement parachute systems.
The flexible approach to payload also provides the ability for the Unicross to be dropped from a wide range of cargo ramp and paratroop door equipped US and other military aircraft. The Unicross is easy to dispatch as it is equipped with a straightforward release away static line and parachute deployment bag, therefore there is nothing to be recovered back into the aircraft.
To date, the new Unicross system has already been selected by the Canadian Forces, who have acquired the 2,200lb Unicross system for their war-time use requirements.