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A Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) delivers supplies to troops in Afghanistan after being dropped from a C-130 Hercules cargo plane.

A Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) delivers supplies to troops in Afghanistan after being dropped from a C-130 Hercules cargo plane. Use of JPADS, which guides its load to its intended destination by a means of a Global Positioning System, allows resupply of Soldiers in remote areas not accessible by road. A JPADS component, the JPADS Mission Planner (JPADS-MP), was first used in Afghanistan last summer. JPADS-MP is a laptop computer that hooks into the cockpit of a cargo plane and sends information, such as updated weather conditions or new targets, to the JPADS airborne guidance unit, which guides the payload to its target. The Air Force developed JPADS-MP, while the Army developed the airborne guidance unit.

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Title Annotation:Joint Precision Airdrop System
Publication:Army Logistician
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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