Airborne Systems Wins $27 Million U.S. Army Contract to Replace U.S. Forces’ Military Freefall Parachutes

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Airborne Systems, a subsidiary of HDT Global (“HDT”), a provider of highly-engineered mobile military and emergency response solutions, announced today it has been awarded a $27 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The contract will include the production and delivery of an estimated 3,600 Military Free Fall Advanced Ram Air Parachute Systems (MFF ARAPS) utilizing the Airborne System’s Intruder™ parachute system.

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“We are honored the U.S. Army has selected Airborne Systems to support our warfighters with the best parachute technology available,” said Brad Pedersen, President, Airborne Systems.

Airborne Systems, a subsidiary of HDT Global (“HDT”), a provider of highly-engineered mobile military and emergency response solutions, announced today it has been awarded a $27 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The contract will include the production and delivery of an estimated 3,600 Military Free Fall Advanced Ram Air Parachute Systems (MFF ARAPS) utilizing the Airborne System’s Intruder™ parachute system.

The contract win reaffirms Airborne Systems’ role as a major supplier to the U.S. military. All major military personnel parachute systems currently in use by U.S. Forces have been designed by Airborne Systems, including the T-11, MC-6, Hi-Glide, MC-4, MC-5 and Intruder. The FireFly™ and DragonFly™ precision guided aerial delivery systems have also been selected by the U.S. Army for the Joint Precision Air Drop System (JPADS) program, and the FireFly is being used extensively in Afghanistan.

“We are honored the U.S. Army has selected Airborne Systems to support our warfighters with the best parachute technology available,” said Brad Pedersen, President, Airborne Systems. “Our solution is the best value for soldiers, offering increased safety and cutting edge technology. The Intruder system has been exclusively designed for the military jumper and is not an adaptation. Its versatility allows day or night and high or low altitude capabilities in a range of challenging environments to fully meet mission requirements.”

“Airborne Systems has made major historical contributions to military ram-air parachute systems development,” added JC Berland, Chief Technology Officer, Airborne Systems. “These include the invention of the ram-air reserve parachute and the first military ram air parachute system, the MT-1. Airborne Systems also designed and produced the MC-4 and MC-5 parachute systems, the most popular military parachute systems in the world. The T-11 is also an excellent example of our technology lead in the parachute world.”

The firm fixed-price IDIQ contract is anticipated to include an 18-month base ordering period and a 42-month optional ordering period. The acquisition was conducted on a full and open basis and incorporated a best value source selection, based upon technical, management, past performance, cost and price assessments.

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MFF ARAPS will replace the aging MC-4 as the primary tactical parachute for MFF High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) operations.
Airborne Systems’ Intruder system offers a capability specifically designed for military missions. It flies further, carries more and lands softly.

The Intruder is a high performance free-fall ram air parachute system, which can be easily converted to static-line mode to enable the insertion of non-MFF qualified personnel. The Intruder is capable of deployment at any altitude between 3,500 and 35,000 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL). Thanks to a reliable and docile canopy, it provides outstanding performance with the highest glide performance in its class with a 4:1 glide ratio. To accommodate the heavier loads modern jumpers must carry, the Intruder is designed to be used for weights up to 450 pounds. The harness container offers excellent comfort and ergonomic fit while providing safe and reliable performance.

Further technical information can be found on http://www.airborne-sys.com/pages/view/raider-intruder

About HDT: Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, USA, HDT Global is widely recognized for its industry-leading production of state-of-the-art, fully integrated deployable solutions, including shelters, generators, heaters, air filtration devices, parachutes, aerial delivery systems, robotics and other engineered technologies, currently used by U.S. and allied military units worldwide, as well as civilian government and commercial customers. For more information, visit http://www.hdtglobal.com
About Airborne Systems: Airborne Systems, an HDT Global company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of parachutes for military, personnel and cargo systems, space and air vehicle recovery systems, and deceleration systems for high performance aircraft. The company also provides airbags, naval decoys and weapons delivery systems. The Group is headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ, with facilities in Santa Ana, CA, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, and Llangeinor, Bridgend, UK. It has a global workforce of nearly 900 people. For more information, please visit http://www.airborne-sys.com

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