III.H.16p. Airborne Insertion for Operations in Urban Terrain. Develop and demonstrate advanced airborne insertion technologies providing ultra-high altitude insertion of individuals and small units with the ability to accurately reach drop zones from increased stand-off distances during night and limited visibility conditions. These technologies will enhance the covert mobility of early entry forces in urban terrain areas and greatly improve lethality and survivability. Technology breakthroughs will include personnel parachutes with high glide capabilities based on 3-D non-linear modeling, personnel miniaturized GPS/INS airborne navigation capabilities, improved high altitude life support technologies, and the application of innovative materials for enhanced reliability, maintainability, and safety. By FY02, define accurate characterizations of decelerator aero-coefficients/ performance and demonstrate 50 percent increase in airborne insertion offset distance. By the end of FY04, demonstrate enhanced integrated high altitude life support and airborne personnel navigation capabilities.
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|Edward Doucette||Bill Brower||Chris Kearns|