Precision Airdrop System

In-situ weather information

PADS (Precision Airdrop System) ASonde enables aircrews to obtain in-situ weather information. For guided airdrop systems, the real-time data provided by the PADS ASonde allows mission planners to increase standoff distance and deliver cargo and personnel from higher altitudes with greater precision and safety than conventional methods.

PADS was developed jointly with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, and designed to meet the demanding requirements of precision delivery of ballistic and guided cargo delivery systems.  The PADS Self-Contained Kit consists of several robust systems needed to operate on a wide variety of aircraft.

Applications:
• Measurement of real-time information to support guided, ballistic and personnel airdrop operations
• Measurement of wind information for meteorological application in remote areas

  • Supports guided and ballistic airdrop missions
  • Provides real-time weather information
  • Simple to operate
  • Programmable frequencies
  • Optional parachute color
  • Replaceable batteries
  • Run time features

All PADS equipment is designed and manufactured to meet the stringent requirements for operating onboard DoD aircraft. They are certified by the USAF for operations on C-130E/H, C-130J/J-30, C-17 and a variety of other military aircraft and is tested to meet or exceed the requirements of MIL-STD-461(C)(E) and  MIL-STD-810 Explosive Environment and Rapid Decompression.

  • Operating Frequency 400.5 to 405.5 MHz
  • Output Power >23 dBm (200 mW) Minimum
  • >25 dBm (320 mW) Nominal
  • Battery Life >90 Minutes
  • Wind Speed +/- 1 m/s
  • Wind Directions +/- 1 degree
  • Length Stowed 9” (22.86 cm)
  • With Antenna 15.5” (29.37 cm)
  • Diameter 2.25” (5.72 cm)
  • Weight 1.73 lbs (785 g)
  • Rate of Fall 70 fps (nominal at sea level)
  • Maximum Altitude 25,000 ft MSL
  • Visual Cuing Single LED