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Enhanced Container Delivery System

Improving airdrop accuracy and reducing costs are the goals of the Enhanced Container Delivery System (ECDS). The ECDS was initiated to improve existing Container Delivery Systems (CDS). The ECDS will be used to airdrop multiple supply containers (bundles) accurately from fixed wing cargo aircraft from 500 to 25,000 feet depending on the threat and environmental conditions. The ECDS will be used to air resupply deployed Army U.S. and allied ground forces and may be used for Special Operation Forces.

ECDS will provide the capability to air deliver multiple supply containers (weighing from 501 pounds up to 2,200 pounds) accurately from aircraft flying at low, medium, and high altitudes. Delivery altitudes are determined by the threat that delivery aircraft must counter. The ECDS is capable of 10,000 pounds per system and is not restricted to airdrop from 1100 feet above ground level, as are current CDS. ECDS will use a 463L compatible pallet that is forkliftable and slingloadable.

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