(Paris, June 14, 2010) -- Airborne Systems, a world leader in parachute systems, has completed successfully the first three project milestones in the programme to deliver a new troop parachute system for the French airborne forces, it was announced at Eurosatory today.
The 'Ensemble de Parachutage du Combattant' (EPC) is replacing a parachute system that has been in service for more than 20 years. Airborne Systems won the multi-million Euro contract from the Direction Generale de l'Armement (DGA) procurement executive of the French Ministry of Defence earlier this year - the first Airborne Systems contract in France - to deliver more than 15,000 parachute systems as part of a multi-year programme.
Chris Rowe, Managing Director for Airborne Systems Europe comments: "Timescale was the clear challenge from the start - to manufacture a new system along with all the support items within four months from contract award to support the DGA project timescales was always going to be a tough task. We achieved this by creating a dedicated Airborne Systems project team, supported by a very competent and established supply chain.
"By establishing close working relationships with our key subcontractors, who are all based in the European Union and share our desire to meet these challenging timescales, we were able to develop a very responsive material supply chain."
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