The Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS)

The Joint Precision Air Drop System, known as JPADS, uses GPS and three-dimensional terrain mapping to steer a parafoil in combat situations where normal parachute airdrops are not accurate enough or could fall into enemy hands. It can be dropped from a high altitude or through cloud cover with minimal loss of accuracy.

Length: 2 Minutes, 2 Seconds
Type: Film
Image Date: Compiled 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force
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Length: 2 Minutes, 2 Seconds