Israel Uses Guided Parachutes for Cargo Delivery for the First Time

The country's Air Force announced they recently executed their first-ever aerial landing during warfare, delivering nearly seven tons of supplies. This marked the first airborne supply drop in combat conditions in almost 17 years.

13/12/2023 - 10:12
Source: Mavink
Source: Mavink

Israel's Air Force declared the successful use of their new guided supply parachute system, "Controlled Supply," during operations in Gaza, as reported by referencing Drive.

The operation aimed at airdropping supply items reportedly carried the codename "Gift from the Sky."

According to the IDF press release, the "Controlled Supply" is an advanced operational system allowing ground forces to drop parachute-equipped supplies using precise navigation capabilities.

From the video footage showing a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft releasing cargo for IDF troops, military analysts predicted these could be either GPS-equipped parachute kits made in the United States or the Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) supplied to Israel by the United States.

US military began using the Joint Precision Airdrop System in 2001 to supply troops in remote areas of Afghanistan deemed too dangerous to access by road. Parachute-pallets were dropped and maneuvered using a steering mechanism and GPS navigation.

During the advance on Khan Yunis, the Israeli army created several extended corridors penetrating HAMAS-controlled territory. This, along with continuous ambushes, might have been one of the reasons for resorting to aviation for cargo delivery.







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