Para-Flite, Inc. Selected to Develop 30,000 lb Joint Precision Airdrop System
Pennsauken, NJ - 3 January, 2006
Para-Flite Inc, the world’s leader in military ram air parachute systems, has been selected to develop the US Army’s 30,000 lb (13.600 kg) Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS). The JPADS program is the highest priority aerial cargo delivery program for the Natick Soldier Centre (NSC) in Natick, Massachusetts.
JC Berland, President of Para-Flite, stated that this decision is a defining moment in the US JPADS program as well as validation of Para-Flite’s world class development team. “We are tremendously excited to be selected for this project. Our team has successfully developed systems from under 2,000 lbs (900 kg) to 10,000 lbs (4.500 kg). Each step along our path has uncovered new problems which have required innovative solutions. Simply scaling up existing technology will not be possible. The 30k program will require a completely new approach to ram air canopy deployment and control. We look forward to the challenge.”
Joint Precision Airdrop Systems allow autonomous delivery of cargo from high altitudes and significant standoff. Para-Flite’s current systems are capable of deployments to 25,000 ft in altitude and horizontal separations of over 30 km. This separation increases safety for aircrews and enhances the security of forces on the ground.
To create the 30K JPADS platform, Para-Flite will leverage previous success in 2K and 10K JPADS programs sponsored by NSC. Para-Flite’s development team is also under contract from the Soldier System Centre to develop the Advanced Low Velocity Aerial Delivery System (ALVADS). Para-Flite has also designed the system which will replace the T-10 round personnel parachute.