The U.S. Air Force has agreed to purchase guided parachute systems developed by Gilbert-based STARA Technologies. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
The company's Mosquito precision guided aerial delivery system is designed for use by special operations forces and can deliver up to 150 pounds of ammunition, batteries, blood packets, meals and other supplies to within 30 meters of their target from release altitudes ranging up to 25,000 feet, the company said.
"As the war on terrorism grows, there is a greater need for the capability to accurately deliver payloads from high altitudes," said Colin McCavitt, STARA's president. "With our systems, aircraft can fly above the range of enemy fire and still accurately deliver essential supplies to troops."