Military Embedded Systems

Advanced airdrop planning software to be developed by Tapestry Solutions-led team


November 15, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Air National Guard Photo: Airman Caleb M. Vance

SAN DIEGO. U.S. Air Force officials selected Tapestry Solutions, Inc., a Boeing Co., to develop advanced mission planning software for airdrop missions tailored to the C-17 and C-130 military transport aircraft.

Under this contract, Tapestry has teamed with Jacobs Engineering and MORSE Corp. to provide software development for Consolidated Airdrop Tool (CAT) versions 6.x through 8.x. The team will also perform software maintenance services on all fielded software versions.

Work will be performed under a Mission Planning Enterprise Contract II (MPEC II) delivery order, which is valued at $26 million over a four-year period.

CAT software is used to calculate and plot both conventional and precision airdrop solutions to accurately deliver supplies to warfighters in remote, austere environments. The upgrades will include a new intuitive interface that will allow the user to quickly perform airdrop tasks and provide greater automated inflight planning capabilities.

“The upgrades will reduce aircrew workload and prevent distractions from flight tasks, which will make our troops’ jobs easier and safer,” says Robin Wright, president and CEO, Tapestry Solutions.

CAT works alongside the Army’s Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) – a high-altitude, all-weather capable system that includes a GPS-based cargo parachute system. JPADS allows cargo to hit a single designated drop zone from multiple release points, allowing aircraft to safely avoid enemy ground fire.

During airdrop missions, crewmembers run JPADS-CAT software on laptops, gathering mission data needed to plan the route of flight and increase cargo airdrop accuracy. Among other functions, the software runs aircraft performance and weather algorithms to determine acceptable air release points.

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