posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 01:32 PM
The dilemma for airdropping supplies has always been a stark one: high-altitude airdrops often go badly astray, while low-level paradrops create
significant dangers from enemy fire and reduce range.
A new advanced concept technology demonstration pursued by U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center at Natick, the
U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command (USAF AMC), the U.S. Army Project Manager Force Sustainment and Support, and industry shows promise, and has been
combat-tested successfully in Iraq.
The Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) uses an airborne guidance unit (AGU) integrating global positioning satellite (GPS) technology to
guide airdropped cargo platforms to their designated target. This enables accurate high-altitude airdrops within an accuracy of 50 to 100 meters, and
also allows airdrops to multiple locations at one time. JPADS is expected to be especially helpful to Special Forces, but also has wider military
Several U.S. allies have expressed interest in the system, while others are developing comparable systems of their own.
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