JPADSJoint Precision Airdrop System
JPADSJoint Precision Aerial Delivery System
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Right now, there are more than a hundred JPADS 2K systems in theater," Benney said.
To improve JPADS for use in Afghanistan, a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement has been submitted to request software upgrades that will better negotiate complex contours and improve airdrops by reducing delivery errors to within 25 meters of their targets.
First acquired in 2003, American forces have used JPADS built by both MMIST and Airborne Systems in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Airborne Systems offers a complete family of JPADS platforms which are capable of delivering a wide range of payloads from 75 lbs to 25,000 lbs.
When it was said to make this concept of JPADS a reality and we became Air Mobility Command's lead on this project, we started work right away," said Maj.
The improved JPADS dramatically decreases this risk for the aircrews and aircraft.
The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recognized the importance of the program by ranking JPADS as its second highest priority for fiscal year 2004 technology demonstrations.
JPADS could be used in higher threat environments to resupply multiple and dispersed ground forces from one unmanned K-MAX release point.
A JPADS component, the JPADS Mission Planner (JPADS-MP), was first used in Afghanistan last summer.
For instance, using multiple air refuelings, a current strategic airlifter could deliver JPADS loads directly into the theater, but this is an inelegant solution.
Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (Natick), as a joint project of the Army and Air Force, JPADS has been in development for nearly a decade.
Army has already selected Airborne Systems' FireFly(TM) for their 2K (2,000 lb) platform and DragonFly(TM) for their standard 10K (10,000 lb) JPADS platform.