New parachute tech that airdrops military trucks, supplies tested by US ArmyMarie Donlon | March 17, 2023
A new reusable parachute cargo-drop system is currently being tested by the U.S. Army.
The Rapid Rigging De-Rigging Airdrop System (RRDAS) reportedly replaces the cardboard components of commonly used airdrop systems with a series of fabric airbags folded beneath the pallet. Reports suggest that ambient air pressurizes the fabric airbags as the system flies through the air.
Additionally, the reusable system for resupplying troops or delivering humanitarian aid can carry loads of up to 22,000 lb and inflate at heights of 750 ft, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Army.
Unlike its single-use cardboard predecessor drop system, the new parachute drop system can be quickly and easily removed from a drop zone, enabling soldiers to avoid danger. Further, the system is also able to ensure that air-dropped military vehicles will land upright.
Testing of the new air-drop system, which is currently underway at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, is expected to be ongoing through 2025.