THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME - An Analysis of High Altitude Airdrop and the Joint Precision Airdrop System
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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High altitude airdrop increases the survivability of the aircrew from surface threats such as small arms fire, light anti-aircraft artillery AAA, and man-portable air defense systems MANPADS. Flying at high altitude helps mitigate the threat by operating outside the edges of the threat envelope. The drawback is reduced airdrop accuracy when dropping at high altitude. Because the airdrop load is not guided once it is released, its impact point is variable. Airlift aircraft have demonstrated the ability to deliver supplies from high altitude, but they have not yet been married up with current technology to meet the stated need of precision. The purposes of this case study was to understand the high altitude airdrop problem, describe the CONOPS, and develop recommendations for the OSD, Joint Staff, and Headquarters staff. This study attempted to contribute to the knowledge base by examining the high altitude airdrop accuracy problem and determining possible solutions. This study also sought to determine if mobility aircraft can effectively use the Joint Precision Airdrop System JPADS. The study examined the JPADS Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration ACTD whose purpose is to demonstrate and assess systems and technologies that can provide a global delivery system capable of fort CONUS to fighter distribution.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding