Airborne Systems to provide E-MMPS to USMC

11 January 2018 (Last Updated January 11th, 2018 11:41)

Airborne Systems North America has secured a new contract for the delivery of the enhanced multi-mission parachute system (E-MMPS) to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Airborne Systems North America has secured a new contract for the delivery of the enhanced multi-mission parachute system (E-MMPS) to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at roughly $26.66m and also includes the delivery of data reports.

The E-MMPS features Airborne Systems’ Hi-5 canopy and Edge harness container, in addition to an attachable military working dog harness and the company’s latest STORM drogue release solution.

"The Hi-5 offers superior glide performance with its unique patent-pending glide modulation system. It offers stability and resistance to stall and allows for the most accurate landings."

Airborne Systems is set to provide the USMC with training services, commercial manuals and all essential support in order to ensure the successful fielding of the new multi-mission parachute system as part of the arrangement.

The new E-MMPS is intended to replace the Marine Corps’ current MMPS system.

The Hi-5 canopy is known for its improved glide modulation system and features a 5.5:1 glide ratio.

It is able to transition to a 1:1 glide ratio with a simple control input via the glide modulation system.

Airborne Systems chief technology officer JC Berland said: “The Hi-5 offers superior glide performance with its unique patent-pending glide modulation system.

“It offers stability and resistance to stall and allows for the most accurate landings.”

Work under the project is expected to be completed by 5 January 2023 and is scheduled to be carried out in Pennsauken, New Jersey, US.

The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is serving as the contracting activity for the development.