C4iSR: Air

RAAF successfully trials precision air drop systems

12 September 2019

The latest generation of joint precision air drop systems (JPADSs) combining steerable parachutes with GPS guidance has been successfully trialled in Australia using a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J transport aircraft.

According to the Department of Defence's (DoD's) Defence News website, the joint RAAF/Australian Army JPADS trial, which was conducted in late August at RAAF Base Curtin in the north of Western Australia, involved three passes over two separate flights.

The first pass delivered a 500 lb (226 kg) load and the second pass involved a combination of one 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) and two 2,000 lb (907 kg) systems.

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