Tapestry to upgrade CAT for airdrop missions
Tapestry Solutions has been selected by the US Air Force to develop advanced mission planning software for airdrop missions tailored to the C-17 and C-130 transport aircraft, the company announced on 15 November.
Work will be carried out under a Mission Planning Enterprise Contract II delivery order, which is valued at $26 million over four years.
Tapestry Solutions has partnered with Jacobs Engineering and MORSE Corporation to provide software development for Consolidated Airdrop Tool (CAT) versions 6.x through 8.x.
CAT software is used to calculate and plot both conventional and precision airdrop solutions to deliver supplies to troops in remote, austere environments. The upgrades will include a new intuitive interface that will enable the operator to quickly perform airdrop tasks and provide improved automated inflight planning capabilities.
CAT works with the army’s Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) – a high-altitude, all-weather system that includes a GPS-based cargo parachute system. JPADS enables cargo to target a single designated drop zone from multiple release points, allowing aircraft to safely avoid enemy ground fire.
While performing airdrop missions, the crew runs JPADS-CAT software on laptops, collecting mission data to plan the flight route and increase cargo airdrop accuracy. The software also runs aircraft performance and weather algorithms to determine air release points.
Robin Wright, president and CEO, Tapestry Solutions, said: ‘We are pleased to leverage our mission planning expertise to enhance the computing speed, accuracy, efficiency and automation onboard the C-17 and C-130 aircraft.
‘The upgrades will reduce aircrew workload and prevent distractions from flight tasks, which will make our troops’ jobs easier and safer.’
The team will also perform software maintenance services on all deployed software versions.
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