“As a result, in my opinion, logisticians are at greater risk on this Iraqi battlefield than are combat forces,” he pointed out. “One particular day we put 122 convoys on the road throughout the battle space."
Of the 122 convoys, 122 of them were shot up by improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, small arms fire and mortars; 100 percent of our convoys were engaged in mortal combat," West continued.
“In October 2003, this high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle protection was only a concept,” he said. “We went from nothing to 9,000 armor ballistic kits in 10 months.”
“In the area of precision aerial delivery, we completed the third of three very successful resupply operations using JPADS in July 2004, and the time between issuing the operational needs statement and having the materiel solution on the ground, or in the air in the JPADS case, was 75 days,” West noted. “These are phenomenal responses to critical battlefield sustainment needs.”
“The Army and Air Force have partnered on JPADS since 1997 with an outstanding working relationship,” Stiles said. “The Air Force is responsible for the mission planning computer and wind collection while the Army is responsible for the guidance unit and decelerators.”
“The synergy of the close relationship has allowed the JPADS community to quickly mature this capability to a point of rapidly fielding the JPADS-XL (2,200 lb.) version,” he emphasized.
According to program officials, JPADS will better enable forces in “preparing for and participating in the joint fight – anywhere, anytime; developing, maintaining and sustaining the warfighter edge; and taking care of our people by whatever means necessary.”
“JPADS technology brings increased airdrop accuracy and survivability for both the aircrews and the ground forces,” Peterson said. “It will allow us to accurately deliver supplies directly to the ground forces that need them, exactly where they need them, when they need them.”
“This capability is a quantum step forward in the evolution of precision mobility operations,” he concluded.