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AIRBORNE AND RECONNAISSANCE EQUIPMENT (ARE)


Description

Airborne and Recon Equipment (ARE) portfolio provides the capability for ground reconnaissance, radio reconnaissance, Reserve Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), air delivery units, and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command to gain specialized access to the battlespace at times and places infantry cannot reach and to shape the battlespace for future operations. This equipment includes: Ram-Air square parachute systems (target/threat standoff clandestine insertion); round parachutes; Automatic Activation Devices (AAD); Helicopter Specialized Insertion/Extraction Equipment; Parachutist Individual Equipment Kit (PIEK); Parachutist High Altitude Oxygen System (PHAOS); Tandem Offset Resupply Delivery System (TORDS); and Parachutist Navigational System (PARANAVSYS).

The current focus within the ARE portfolio is the Parachute System - 2 (PS-2). The PS-2 is an Advanced Ram Air Parachute System (ARAPS) and will be a lifecycle replacement and safety upgrade for the currently fielded Multi Mission Parachute System (MMPS). This capability provides parachutists with the ability to conduct both High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) and High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) operations. The capability will facilitate employment of a drogue parachute increasing parachutist stability in flight by preventing “head over heels” tumbling. The PS-2 will enhance the current capability by increasing the glide ratio of the canopy over the current fielded canopy, MMPS. This increased glide ratio will allow parachutists to cover significantly increased lateral distances while conducting HAHO missions, enabling greater aircraft standoff and thereby increasing aircraft survivability. The PS-2 will provide greater compatibility with the MV-22B for increased operational capability during ship to shore operations. The PS-2 will consist of a main canopy, reserve canopy, harness/container assembly, and two deployment configurations: Self- Set Drogue, and Hand Deployed Pilot Chute.

Operational Impact
As stated above, the PS-2 is a critical piece of providing the capability for ground reconnaissance, radio reconnaissance, Reserve ANGLICO, air delivery units, and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command to gain specialized access to the battlespace at times and places infantry cannot reach and to shape the battlespace for future operations. The PS-2 will ensure continuity of this capability as the MMPS progressively reaches end of service life.

Program Status
The PS-2 program was designated an Abbreviated Acquisition Program (AAP) on 05 Oct 2016. On 21 Sep 2017, the program was granted a Milestone C within the acquisition framework. PS-2 has an objective Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of Oct 2020 and a Full Operational Capability (FOC) to be determined.

Procurement Profile:

FY18 QTY 105
FY19 QTY 106

Developer/Manufacturer: TBD

Modernization and Technology