CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (BulgarianMIlitary.com) – On 10th December 2018, Camp Buehring, Kuwait hosted training and testing of a low-cost parachute system in partnership between the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The news came out on 9th Januray this year on the website of the U.S. Army.
Four low-velocity-low-cost, four high-velocity-high-cost, and two Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems were released from a KC-130J onto the Udairi Training Grounds drop zone at Camp Buehring by the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines.
Sgt. 1st Class Larry Carter, 300th Sustainment Brigade senior aerial delivery technician commented, “We took the parachute that was right by the expiration date and loaded them with four 55-gallon drums of water. Each load weighed approximately about 2000 lbs. It was a successful drop. All the loads came out properly, parachute executed properly, and hit the ground properly.”
Carter believes that the parachutes have another five years of potential use, which could save the U.S. Army in excess of $25 million and he added in that relation, “We cut a piece of the material out of each parachute system and sent it to Natick Labs in order to test the elasticity strength of the canopy.”
The United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, develops and tests new materials for the United States Army. NSRDEC will test the samples in order to determine the actual life-span of the parachutes. By using their full life-cycle money would be definitely saved and that would be profitable not only for the U.S. Army, but for the taxpayers as well.
The event, in which U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps successfully partnered, also provided training on proper systems use and employment for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command Marines, and 300th Sustainment Brigade, 524th Combat Supply Sustainment Battalion, 824th Quartermaster Company, as well as 1st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers as reported.
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Source: U.S. Army