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US Army tests low-cost parachute system

14th January 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army and US Marine Corps have tested a new low-cost parachute system at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Four low-velocity-low-cost, four high-velocity-high-cost, and two Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems were released from a KC-130J aircraft in the Udairi Training Grounds drop zone at Camp Buehring.

The parachutes were dropped carrying 55 gallon drums of water, with each load weighing approximately 2000lbs. According to the army the drop was successful, with the loads exiting the aircraft properly, and the parachutes executing and hitting the ground properly.

The Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), which is responsible for developing and testing new materials for the army, is carrying out testing to see if the new parachutes will have a long-enough life cycle to offer a cost advantage.

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