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Airborne Systems Releases the Hi-5

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

PENNSAUKEN, NJ October 3rd, 2016: Airborne Systems North America proudly presents the Hi-5® as the latest addition to our line of High Performance Ram Air Parachutes. The Hi-5® is truly unique among military parachutes, demonstrating exceptional ram air glide performance while allowing glide modulation to descend quickly and land accurately. The Hi-5® has a remarkable 5.5:1 glide ratio and can transition to a 1:1 glide ratio with a simple control input using the Glide Modulation System. Unlike other methods of angle control, such as front riser trim tabs, Airborne Systems Glide Modulation System does not increase the total speed of the canopy, providing a safe transition at any altitude. This eliminates the need for multiple spirals or S-turns at low altitude, and allows for extremely accurate landings using safe straight-in approaches. The jumper is in total control of where they are and when they arrive on target. This groundbreaking technology is exclusive to Airborne Systems Hi-5®.

In addition to the leap forward in glide ratio technology, the Hi-5® is also easy to maintain and handle for a jumper, and very intuitive to pack for a rigger. The Hi-5® bridges the gap between the Intruder®/RA-1 and our Hi-Glide parachutes, providing a wing with a high glide, accurate landings, and the ability to descend into tight areas safely.

To learn more about this new product, visit http://airborne-sys.com/.

SHOT Show – PHATS Suit

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Parachutists High Altitude Thermal Suit developed jointly with Airborne Systems and Wild Things. Initially, it was developed for a French requirement but refinements were made at the request of Natick and USSOCOM. Offered in XXSmall through XXLarge but its oversized to fit over the jumper’s clothing and basic equipment.


PHATS has been highly tuned for use by free fall parachutists. For example, there are multiple zippered vents so that the jumper doesn’t overheat on the ground or on the flight. Additionally, the front of the PHATS has less insulation than the rear since the parachutist will have equipment on his front. They made this change after jumpers from multiple units found that the insulation could be removed. Where insulated, it features gridded fleece. Additionally, it’s a softshell for wind and weather resistance.


As you can see, it covers the entire body except for the head to accommodate a helmet an oxygen mask. The coverall design even covers the feet for insulation as well as to mitigate wind resistance issues. There is a waist adjustment that is covered by the front opening and the main opening features a flap with magnetic closures. Gauntlet-style handcovers are also integrated into the design. Additionally, the rear of the legs feature clear pouches for chemlights. This allows jumpers to recognize one another in the air. Finally, there is an external forearm pocket on the left sleeve and large zippered cargo pockets.

AUSA – Airborne Systems Part II

Friday, October 26th, 2012


I thought some of you jumpers might be interested in this parachutist helmet from MSA Gallet exhibited by Airborne Systems. It is a derivative of a Gallet helo helmet.



AUSA – Airborne Systems

Thursday, October 25th, 2012


The Parachutist High Altitude Thermal Suit from Airborne Systems does exactly what its name implies. It’s cold at high altitude and parachutists can find themselves in free fall or under canopy for long periods of time in those conditions. This suit is designed to allow a parachutists to safely free fall and then survive the cold.


US Replacing MC-4 Free Fall Parachute

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Airborne Systems, a subsidiary of HDT Global (“HDT”), has been awarded a $27 million firm fixed-price IDIQ contract by the US Army’s Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) for the production and delivery of an estimated 3,600 Military Free Fall Advanced Ram Air Parachute Systems (MFF ARAPS) utilizing Airborne System’s Intruder parachute system. The contract includes an 18-month base ordering period and a 42-month optional ordering period.

ARAPS consists of the Intruder 360 main parachute, the Intruder 360 reserve parachute, and the Raider 2 harness/container. The system is also available from Airborne Systems with a smaller Intruder main and reserve canopy of 300 ft². This move will affect all US forces currently using the MC-4. In addition to replacing the MC-4, SOCOM funding will also replace all unit funded free fall parachutes currently in service.

On an interesting note, for the US military at least, all major military personnel parachute systems currently in use have been designed by Airborne Systems, including the T-11, MC-6, Hi-Glide, MC-4, MC-5 and now the Intruder. Airborne Systems is also responsible for the FireFly and DragonFly precision guided aerial delivery systems which are part of the Joint Precision Air Drop System (JPADS) program.

In a press release earlier today, Brad Pedersen, President, Airborne Systems had this to say, “We are honored the U.S. Army has selected Airborne Systems to support our warfighters with the best parachute technology available.” He went on, “Our solution is the best value for soldiers, offering increased safety and cutting edge technology. The Intruder system has been exclusively designed for the military jumper and is not an adaptation. Its versatility allows day or night and high or low altitude capabilities in a range of challenging environments to fully meet mission requirements.”

“Airborne Systems has made major historical contributions to military ram-air parachute systems development,” added JC Berland, Chief Technology Officer, Airborne Systems, in the same press release. “These include the invention of the ram-air reserve parachute and the first military ram air parachute system, the MT-1. Airborne Systems also designed and produced the MC-4 and MC-5 parachute systems, the most popular military parachute systems in the world. The T-11 is also an excellent example of our technology lead in the parachute world.”