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US Military Ordering Low-Velocity Cargo Parachutes

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Latest updates: Up to $228M in contracts, FY 2012-2015. Afghan drop(click to view full) Low-velocity parachutes are so named because they’re used for cargo airdrops made below about 1,200 feet, with the cargo aircraft flying at low speed as parachute-rigged containers roll out the rear ramp. US Army Soldier Systems Natick developed them in 2006, aiming to offer a lower-cost low altitude system that did not require specialized parachute manufacturers. US Army PM FSS engineer Bruce Bonaceto’s designs hit those targets, and low velocity parachutes have been doing the same on the front lines. They’re generally used to deliver basic supplies such as gas, ammunition and food to troops in rough terrain and isolated locations, without having to use a more expensive high-altitude GPS-guided parachute system like JPADS, or a more expensive standard parachute like the G-12. As one might imagine, demand is high in Afghanistan, and some of the small business contract recipients are an interesting set of stories in and of themselves… Winners and Business Stories Mills Manufacturing Corp. in Asheville, NC wins a contract with a maximum value of $54.9 million (SPM4A7-12-D-0082). Mills has specialized in military parachutes since the Korean War. The ISO 9001 certified firm […]

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