U.S. Army Selects Airborne Systems DragonFly and FireFly Systems for Self Guided Parachutes



    PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Oct. 12 /CNW/ -- Airborne Systems, which has combined
the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery, rescue
and survival equipment, and engineering services announced that the DragonFly
system has been selected as the 10,000 lb Joint Precision Aerial Delivery
System (JPADS) platform for the U.S. Army. DragonFly is a precision guided
parachute delivery system that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) signals to
steer up to 10,000 lbs of cargo; dropping supplies to troops in remote or
dangerous areas.
    
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071012/LAF003)
    
    After being dropped from high altitude, DragonFly uses GPS and a
guidance, navigation and control system to accurately fly itself to a
designated location point on the ground.  Using a gliding ram-air parachute,
DragonFly can land a significant distance from its point of release.  This
distance keeps the deploying air crew safe and reduces the vulnerability of
the ground troops receiving the supplies.
    In addition to the selection of DragonFly for the 10K (10,000 lb)
platform, the U.S. Army also selected Airborne Systems' FireFly for their 2K
(2,000 lb) JPADS platform. Selection of the FireFly marks the first wide
fielding of this type of system by any government.
    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.  The
largest of these platforms, the MegaFly, recently set the world record for the
largest ram air canopy ever flown.
    
    About Airborne Systems
    
    Airborne Systems has combined the core technologies of four of the
world's leading parachute brands; Irvin Aerospace, GQ Parachutes, Para-Flite
and AML (Aircraft Materials, Ltd). Airborne Systems is a world leader in the
design, development, and manufacture of best-of-class parachutes for military,
personnel, and cargo systems, space and air vehicle recovery systems, and
deceleration systems for high-performance aircraft. The company also provides
ordnance flare chutes, airbags, and weapons delivery systems. Airborne
Systems' North American headquarters is located in Pennsauken, NJ and Airborne
Systems Europe is headquartered in Llangeinor, Wales in the U.K. Information
about the various Airborne Systems products and services can be found on the
World Wide Web at http://www.airborne-sys.com




For further information:

For further information: Gary Calvaneso, Executive Vice President, 
Marketing of Airborne Systems, +1-949-933-8247, 
gary.calvaneso@airborne-sys.com Web Site: http://www.airborne-sys.com

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