NATICK, Mass. -- Media are invited to attend a showcase of the
latest precision airdrop systems and technologies on Oct. 22, during
the Precision Airdrop Technology Conference and Demonstration
(PATCAD) 2009 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) in Yuma,
together allied military and governments to collaborate on and
become familiar with the latest precision airdrop systems and
technologies. PATCAD 2009 will be the largest precision airdrop
demonstration ever conducted, with more than 25 cargo airdrop and
personnel parachute systems from the United States and other allied
This event will
demonstrate a range of Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS) with
payloads from 5 to 40,000 pounds, including a 10,000 square foot
parafoil system - the largest in the world.
occur from both high and low altitudes off a number of different
aircraft, from the large C-17 cargo airlifter to small unmanned
high altitude jumps by military paratroopers will also showcase the
latest in personnel parachute technologies.
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 or
NATI-PATCAD@conus.army.mil no later than Oct. 3.
arrangements to attend the event, please contact Chuck Wullenjohn in
the Public Affairs Office at Yuma Proving Ground at 928-328-6189 or
email@example.com no later than Oct. 3.
In addition to NSRDEC and YPG, other supporting participants of PATCAD 2009 include: the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Advanced Systems and Concepts, Product Manager Force Sustainment Systems, U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, U.S. Transportation Command, and Product Manager Clothing and Individual Equipment.
For more information about the NSRDEC, please visit their website at http://nsc.natick.army.mil/index.htm. More information about YPG can be found at http://www.yuma.army.mil/.