US military orders PSI’s PADS

Planning Systems Incorporated has been awarded $10m by the US Army for PSI’s Precision Airdrop System equipment and related systems engineering support.


Planning Systems Incorporated (PSI), a Qinetiq subsidiary, has been awarded $10m by the US Army’s NatickSoldierCenterfor PSI’s Precision Airdrop System (PADS) equipment and related systems engineering support.



PSI’s PADS products support the USA/USAF Joint PADS (JPADS) programme as the JPADS Mission Planner (JPADS-MP).



The JPADS programme enables aircrews to deliver cargo and personnel from high altitude with increased standoff distance and greater precision than is possible using conventional methods.



The combination of altitude and standoff distance provides a safety buffer for the aircrew while precision delivery allows ground personnel to retrieve supplies in greater safety.



JPADS-MP (PADS) delivers the pre-flight and onboard mission planning tools necessary to operate from high altitude and achieve high impact point accuracy for ballistic and guided air delivery systems.


The JPADS-MP system is currently being used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US Air Mobility Command (AMC), the Marine Corps (USMC) and US Special Forces (SOF) on C-130, C-17 and SOF aircraft.