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US Army explores ‘softer side’ of airdrops

27th June 2018 - 13:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California


Against a backdrop of recent activities focused on the ability to airdrop ‘heavy’ logistics payloads, the US Army is also exploring new options for providing ‘soft landing’ capabilities for some of those loads.

Recent examples of the heavier payloads can be found in army airdrop testing on systems like the LAV-25 A2 light armoured vehicle and the new Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1

Additionally, earlier this year the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) released a request for information (RfI) seeking an airdrop system capable of delivering up to 27,215kg  total rigged weight (TRW) as a

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a former US Army officer and the author of several thousand articles …

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