U.S. Army Selects Airborne Systems DragonFly and FireFly Systems for Self Guided Parachutes(Pennsauken, N.J., October 12, 2007) -- Airborne Systems, which has combined the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery, rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services announced that the DragonFly system has been selected as the 10,000 lb Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System (JPADS) platform for the U.S. Army. DragonFly is a precision guided parachute delivery system that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to steer up to 10,000 lbs of cargo; dropping supplies to troops in remote or dangerous areas.
After being dropped from high altitude, DragonFly uses GPS and a guidance, navigation and control system to accurately fly itself to a designated location point on the ground. Using a gliding ram-air parachute, DragonFly can land a significant distance from its point of release. This distance keeps the deploying air crew safe and reduces the vulnerability of the ground troops receiving the supplies.
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In addition to the selection of DragonFly for the 10K (10,000 lb) platform, the U.S. Army also selected Airborne Systems' FireFly for their 2K (2,000 lb) JPADS platform. Selection of the FireFly marks the first wide fielding of this type of system by any government.
Source : Airborne Systems