British parachutes to equip French paratroopers

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  1. Airborne Systems wins a breaktrough contract in France.

    Airborne Systems, a world leader in parachute systems, has won its first contract to provide a new troop parachute system for the French airborne forces.

    Under the contract with the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), procurement executive of the French Ministry of Defence, more than 23,000 parachutes will be delivered under a multi-year programme. This comprises a combination of main and reserve parachutes, associated load carrying equipment and training systems.

    The new parachute known as “Ensemble de Parachutage du Combattant” (EPC) is replacing the existing parachute system, which has been in service for more than 20 years. The new static line operated non-steerable parachute will be used for mass low-level air drops, both in day and night time conditions.

    Airborne Systems’ European Division based in Llangeinor, South Wales, will manage the contract, which comprises delivery of equipment and associated documentation to support packing, training and maintenance of the new system. All the work under this contract will be performed in the European Union, using a number of international suppliers.

    Chris Rowe, Managing Director of Airborne Systems Europe, said: “Not only is this a major strategic breakthrough for us in France, but we have also reinforced our global leadership position in the parachute systems market. We now have a firm foothold in mainland Europe, which will help us to increase our market penetration.”

    The Group, already the major parachute supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence, has now won two major new troop parachute systems contracts in the last four months.

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    Land Rovers, JCBs, BV-10S and now 69 million euros worth of's about time the RN buys the Rafale M as compensation for all those French contracts awarded to British companies... :lol:
  2. napier

    napier LE Moderator Reviewer

    I take it they'll be white parachutes?
  3. And the prize for originality of thought goes to.....
  4. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Will they be fitted for sports jumps, seeing as how our cheesy cousins are not famed for favouring hostile enviornments?
  5. Am curious as to what else the garlic smelling ones will purchase next :?
  6. think the FL actually dropped into somewhere unpleasant in africa in the last 40 years which is more recent than are maroon hated peeps. :twisted:
  7. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Not many French in them though is there? More like escaped convicts (previously) and a lot of Guineans and Senegalese (nowadays, from what I heard).
  8. You are a knob

    And is Camp Bastion and RC-S hostile enough ?

    As for parachute jumps, the last Op ones for France were in 2008 off the coast of Somalia as a prelude to three different and succesful hostage rescue operations.

    Before that they'd been another two in the CAR in March 2007.

    None of the above were performed by the FFL

    Not bad for sports parachuting eh ?
  9. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Wah, wah, wah...If you can't take a fcuking joke about France's famed lack of military prowess, why are you even on Arrse in the first place?
  10. Is it the same 'chute used by the Brits? My understanding is that they can deploy at much lower altitudes than most nation's systems. Is the rest of the world catching up now?
  11. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Ours only deploy much lower to the ground as the MOD hasn't got enough in the budget for 'Up in the Air' time.
  12. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Well, as our cherry-berets don't use them, might as well sell to the froggies.
  13. Yes, remind me to take a cheap shot at the fighting qualities of the Brit soldiers next time one is KIA; I'm sure it'll go down like a ton of bricks here...another cheesy cousin was KIA this morning in RC-E and your comment is particularly out of place on this day.
  14. My bold - With two UK companies (well they were in my day) - GQ & Irvin GB on board, that's a safe bet. Para Flite at the American end were a top class outfit as I recall. Winning combination all around I'd say. A good decision by the French.
  15. Kolwesi (sp?) I was in Pau when it was decided upon. The craic at the school was 90. :D :D