USMC receives final JPADS
The Marine Corps Systems Command has delivered the last of 162 Joint Precision Airdrop Systems (JPADS) to the US Marine Corps (USMC).
JPADS is used to deliver equipment and supplies to ground units via airdrop.
The system was initially introduced to the USMC as JPADS 2K in 2008. In 2013, the USMC upgraded to the 2K-Modular which included an improved modular autonomous guidance unit called the MAGU.
JPADS 2K-M features improved accuracy and enables aircraft to conduct drops at higher altitudes and longer distances from the drop zone. The JPADS 2K-M can be dropped from up to 25kms away from the intended target, while landing within 150m of the programmed impact point. The system allows for airdrops between 900lbs and 2,200lbs.
Another variant called JPADS Ultra Lightweight (ULW) has been designed to deliver smaller loads between 250lbs and 700lbs.
Fielding for the 2K-M and ULW variants began in September 2016. The programme will now switch from acquisition to sustainment to ensure JPADS remains updated, upgraded and relevant for the remainder of its expected service life.
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