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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Public Affairs Office

Date: July 10, 2009
No: 09-1

Future of airdrop to be showcased in October at world’s largest precision airdrop demonstration


 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, Ariz.

PATCAD brings 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 nations.

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.

Airdrops will occur from both high and low altitudes off a number of different aircraft, from the large C-17 cargo airlifter to small unmanned aerial vehicles.

Low-level and 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 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 928-328-6189 or 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 More information about YPG can be found at  

This page last updated on 13 July 2009.