Irvin Aerospace Awarded $7.96M Contract for New Army Parachutes
Santa Ana, CA - 28 April, 2006
The U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, in Natick, MA has selected Irvin Aerospace to build more than 2,000 newly designed MC-6 parachute systems for the United States Army. The parachute systems will be built in Irvin’s Santa Ana, California manufacturing facility under a contract valued at $7.96 million and is the first part of a wider program forecast of up to 30,000 MC-6 parachute systems. The contract is expected to be completed by April 18, 2011.
The MC-6 parachute system was designed for precision infiltration of Airborne Forces and features the newest technology in steerable troop parachutes. The system contains two parachute canopies; a main and a backup reserve. Army paratroopers using the MC-6 will now have greater maneuverability and softer landings to effectively reach their targets.
The MC-6 system was developed through the Special Operations Forces Tactical Assault Parachute System (SOFTAPS) program and features the Irvin Aerospace designed SF-10A canopy. "We are delighted to receive this contract award” said David Berry President of Irvin Aerospace. “Our SF-10A canopy design is the result of our focused investment in developing the best technology and the dedicated efforts of our most talented people.”
The SF-10A has been in use by US Special Forces Operations since 1999, logging over 60,000 successful jumps and has proven itself to be a very effective airborne delivery system.