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Qinetiq Subsidiary's Precision Airdrop System Used By USAF In Afghanistan

A PADS aircraft.
by Staff Writers
Kabul, Afghanistan (SPX) Sep 26, 2006
Precision Airdrop System (PADS), a system developed by Planning Systems Inc (PSI) a QinetiQ subsidiary, is now being successfully used in Afghanistan by the US Air Force to resupply troops, from high altitude drops with pinpoint accuracy.

"With this system, we are able to drop from up to 25,000 feet and many miles away from the drop zone with exacting precision to troops who may be in an isolated base camp up on the top of a mountain ledge," Lt Gen Gary North, commander of Central Air Forces and the Ninth Air Force said. "To be able to deliver at night, and within feet of exactly where you put the 'X' on the ground, is a wonderful thing."

PADS uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology that permits Air Force aircrews to literally steer and fly a cargo pallet to the desired location, increasing the margin of safety for the aircrews. They can also land the cargo in a way that keeps the troops from having to scatter over a wide area and potentially making them vulnerable to hostile fire, when retrieving needed supplies. PSI has been working on the PADS system with the US Air Force and US Army since 1999.

"PSI welcomes the news that our PADS technology has been successfully used in Afghanistan with such outstanding results," said Dr Alan Friedman, president and CEO of PSI. "This is an example of how technology can be adapted to make military operations safer and more efficient, and more adaptable to the demands of current and future conflicts."

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