Future of precision airdrop
to be showcased
NATICK, Mass. – Media are invited to attend a showcase of the
latest airdrop technologies on Oct. 25 during the Precision
Airdrop Technology Conference and Demonstration (PATCAD) at U.S.
Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), Ariz.
PATCAD brings together allied military and governments to
collaborate on and become familiar with the latest airdrop
products. PATCAD-2007 will be the largest precision airdrop
demonstration ever conducted in the world.
This year, eight nations will be participating. More than 25
systems that have payloads from 5 to 30,000 pounds will be
demonstrated. U.S. systems scheduled to be shown include the 2K
Screamer being using operationally in Afghanistan, the 2K
Firefly U.S. Army Program of Record system, and the largest
parafoil system in the world, the 30K MegaFly. New Zealand will
be showing the Skyboard system, described as a “skydiving
glider,” while France will exhibit the Panther system. The
United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands will also
have systems at PATCAD, while Belgium will be supporting the
event with a C-130 aircraft. More than 150 cargo drops and 40
personnel jumps will take place during the event.
Please note that in order to attend, all arrangements must be
made ahead of time. For more details about the event, please
contact Andy Meloni or Andy Cronk at the U.S. Army Natick
Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) at
508-233-5254/5570 no later than Oct. 3.
To make arrangements to attend the event,
please contact Chuck Wullenjohn in the Public Affairs Office at
Yuma Proving Ground at 928-328-6533 or
no later than Oct. 3.
In addition to NSRDEC and YPG, other
organizations are sponsoring PATCAD-2007. Product Manager Force
Sustainment Systems, U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Air Force
Air Mobility Command, Product Manager Clothing and Individual
Equipment and NATO Headquarters are just some of the event’s
sponsors. PATCAD will be facilitated by the NSRDEC. For more
information about the NSRDEC, please visit their website at
More information about Yuma Proving Ground can be found at: