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AirDrop

Apple's local wireless sharing capability introduced with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). AirDrop was added to Apple's mobile OS as of iOS 7 to allow people to share files via Wi-Fi with other Apple users in the vicinity (see iOS versions). For example, AirDrop lets people share information in a meeting or photos at an event and even play games with strangers. See AirPlay.

airdrop

The delivery of personnel and cargo from aircraft in flight. This is normally done with the help of a parachute. Equipment can also be dropped without the use of parachutes and in a free fall under its own weight.
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According to the WFP official, the organisation had been using airdrops in the Greater Upper Nile Region (Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile states) for more than two years now and very recently in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region this year.
s World Food Program has made 35 airdrops of food and other supplies to about 100,000 people in the eastern town of Deir al-Zor, besieged by Daesh (ISIS), due to a total lack of access, but that is the only location so far.
On 24 February, WFP sid it carried out its first high-altitude airdrop ever, dropping 21 tons of food assistance on Deir Ezzor.
However, airdrops are usually only the humanitarians' last resort.
But the US military's announcement of the airdrops, coupled with the Turkish foreign minister's statements, is an unexpected development.
officials speaking on a conference call with reporters late Sunday declined to characterize Turkey's reaction to the airdrops.
US Central Command announced the weapons delivery on Sunday, saying it carried out "multiple" successful airdrops of supplies, including small arms, provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.
The airdrops that contained weapons, ammunition and medical supplies were delivered by a US Air Force C-130 aircraft to the Kurdish authorities in Iraq and "intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL's attempt to overtake Kobane.
In addition, the system will be miniaturized so it can sit comfortably in an A-22 aerial delivery container--the standard for military airdrops, company officials said.
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Finally, humanitarian airdrops such as those in Bosnia have been impressive and sustained but do not count as resupply of US ground forces.
Though it has accounted for less than 1 percent of all airdrops, JPADS has proved invaluable since its debut there in August 2006.