Para-Flite, Inc. Announces New Equipment Delivery System
Fort Bragg, North Carolina - 4 April, 2006
Para-Flite Inc, the world’s leader in military ram air parachute systems, introduced a revolutionary new equipment delivery system specifically designed for military free fall units.
The MicroFly® uses a GPS and flight algorithm to fly equipment autonomously to a designated point. It is intended to accompany a HALO or HAHO element during insertion. The MicroFly® is easy to use, inexpensive, and can meet the needs of any free fall unit or mission profile.
The MicroFly® can be configured with any Para-Flite canopy. By using a personnel canopy, the MicroFly® can match the speed and rate of descent of an inserting element. This feature makes it unique in that it can safely deliver equipment bundles while remaining in close contact with jumpers under canopy. Existing tandem bundle systems and autonomous cargo systems cannot match the performance of a jumper because they use different canopies.
The only data required to place the MicroFly® into operation is the location of the Impact Point (IP). Upon exit from the aircraft the MicroFly® will fly to the IP without additional guidance. The MicroFly® can also be remotely controlled should the element decide to deviate from the infiltration plan. The MicroFly® is an excellent delivery platform for small unit resupply operations. The vertical and horizontal separation of the aircraft increase safety for the air crew and improve security for the unit on the ground.
The MicroFly® is priced to be affordable to any free fall unit. The MicroFly® costs less than a military free fall system with automatic opening devices. Savings are also realized because there is no need for additional rigger training, specialized parachute equipment, and jumper qualifications.
In addition to today’s MicroFly® announcement, Para-Flite also revealed their new Raider/Intruder parachute system.
Para-Flite is the developer of the ATPS XT-11, the replacement to the T-10 parachute system. Para-Flite is also under contract from the Natick Soldier System Centre to develop the Advanced Low Velocity Aerial Delivery System (ALVADS) and the 30,000 lb Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System (JPADS) for the US Army.