Joint Precision Airdrop Systems

Monday June 2, 2008

What is it?

The Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS) family will increase the accuracy of aerial delivery cargo operations, use smaller drop zones, enhance aircraft survivability, provide delivery to multiple objectives and drop zones from one release point, deliver supplies and equipment in unit sets, and compensate for aircraft release point errors. Likewise, JPADS can hit a single drop zone from multiple release points

What has the Army done?

The JPADS program started as an Army effort and has evolved into a joint program with the Army as the lead service. To date, 2,000 JPADS prototype systems have been fielded to meet theater requirements that were requested through urgent need statements.

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