Under the contract from the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, Airborne Systems will manufacture and supply the complete airdrop system, which includes the airdrop platform
, the parachutes and auxiliary aerial delivery equipment, aircraft certification, training and full through-life support.
What is needed now is for the Air Force to finalize and embrace the high-altitude precision airdrop concept of operations, approve the JPADS for operational use on Air Force aircraft, and begin studies and programming for a dedicated airdrop platform
. The JPADS program, for its part, needs to continue for some time to come in order to improve the reliability, cost, accuracy, and payload for the current crop of platforms and begin design of the next-generation precision airdrop containment system, focusing on an order of magnitude reduction in cost and rigging complexity.
Also, the C-130 can be reconfigured rapidly to accept a wide range of cargo, including palletized equipment, floor-loaded material, airdrop platforms
, container-delivery system bundles and combat vehicles, including the Army's new interim armored vehicle.