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Eurosatory: Dropping SF boats from the sky

22nd June 2016 - 09:00 GMT | by Andrew White in Paris


European Special Forces are set to benefit from enhanced airborne insertion of maritime vessels with several test programmes now underway across the Continent, Shephard Media has been informed.

According to defence sources, both UK and French MoD organisations have started test programmes aimed at confirming the operational utility of Airborne Systems’ Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System (MCADS) in support of their respective Special Forces.

Last week, the UK MoD conducted a first test sortie at Qinetiq’s Aberporth range, Wales, from a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft. The missions saw the MCADS Platform Rigid Inflatable Boat Aerial Delivery (PRIBAD) 21 system successfully …

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