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GAO Report – Military Parachutes: Observations on Army and Marine Corps Acquisition Programs

The House Armed Services Committee directed the Government Accounting Office to review the Army and Marine Corps’ procurement of free fall parachutes.

Their report examines the acquisition strategies used by the Army and Marine Corps for their parachute programs and the extent to which the Army and Marine Corps programs are meeting their cost, schedule, and performance goals.

The Army awarded its contract for the Advanced Ram Air Parachute System—known as the RA-1—in 2011. The Marine Corps awarded its contract for the Enhanced-Multi Mission Parachute System—now called the PS-2—in 2018.

GAO found that both programs are on cost and schedule.

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5 Responses to “GAO Report – Military Parachutes: Observations on Army and Marine Corps Acquisition Programs”

  1. Papa6 says:

    Wow! Both on schedule and on cost? That’s gotta be a first . . .

  2. Insane Soldier says:

    Can anyone tell me the exact name of the nylon fabric used in making these chutes? I want to get a wind shirt made out of this.

  3. Insane Soldier says:

    Can anyone give me the name of the exact fabric used in these chutes?
    I want to get a windshirt made of this.

  4. Insane Soldier says:

    Can anyone give me the name of the exact fabric of these chutes?

  5. EODes says:

    Same material as in some wing suits, some RC sails and performance kites. Google ZP or zero porosity material as a start.
    This may be dated-but it’s the past material.