Airborne Systems Delivers JPADS 10k to the US Army

Airborne Systems, a division of HDT Global, is proud to announce delivery of the final 10,000 lb Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System  (JPADS 10K) to the U.S. Army under an initial Full Rate Production contract today.

The JPADS 10K is a ram-air parachute system capable of carrying a cargo payload weighing up to 10,000 pounds.

Deployed from an altitude up to 24,500 ft, the JPADS 10K can navigate more than 20 km on its own before delivering its cargo to a pre-programmed designated location.  The JPADS 10K will be placed into service throughout all services of the U.S. Department of Defense.

It will be used to reduce the need for ground resupply convoys to remote locations and also allow aircrews to drop cargo far away from any ground threat.

“This milestone is the product of more than five years of effort by hundreds of people,” said Aaron Mebust, JPADS Program Manager at Airborne Systems.

“We had a very challenging delivery schedule but we willingly accepted that challenge and with great teamwork we made it happen,” said Dave Seifert, VP General Manager Operations.

“We delivered the systems on time and to strict military requirements.

“As a result, U.S. Forces now have a system that will save lives by keeping service members out of harm’s way,” said Mr. Seifert.

“The JPADS 10K is the second Type Classified JPADS purchased by the U.S. Department of Defense, following the selection and purchase of the FireFly® as the system of choice by the U.S. Army’s 2,000 lb JPADS 2K program,” concluded Mr. Mebust.

The JPADS 2K has been in service in Afghanistan since 2008.

Source: Airborne Systems
Date: May 21, 2013