Airborne Systems JPADS enhances the operational capabilities for armed forces whilst minimising risk to personnel and equipment during resupply operations. JPADS avoids the need for vehicle convoys and reduces risk to aircrews delivering supplies, and to units on the ground. Compared to the round parachutes used for conventional airdrop, JPADS can also decrease flight hours required for resupply missions as cargo can be delivered to different units at different locations from a common release point along a single flight path.
The JPADS 2K has been in operational theatres with the DoD for over a year as part of an Urgent Material Release, performing successful resupply missions to remote and hazardous locations. Ric Allison, Senior Vice president, Customer Business Airborne Systems Europe comments, "JPADS is a significant advantage to the user. Its technology means that a unit can receive supplies and equipment in almost any weather condition, at any location, without the need to use helicopters and put aircrew and additional soldiers at risk."
The JPADS 2K Program is managed by Product Manager - Force Sustainment Systems (PM-FSS), located at the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center at Natick, Massachusetts. PM-FSS is currently fielding the JPADS 2K to US forces. In addition to the JPADS 2K Program, PM-FSS also manages the JPADS 10K program which uses the Airborne Systems DragonFlyTM system.
Airborne Systems has sold more than 850 JPADS 2K and FireFlyTM systems to US and International users with substantial orders expected over the next few years. Due to its performance, reliability, and ease of use, the Airborne Systems JPADS 2K is now the most widely fielded precision airdrop system in the world.
Alumno: Juan José Núñez Ceballos