WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Airborne Systems North America has received a $99 million U.S. Army contract to purchase the RA-1 Advanced Ram air parachute system and spare parts.
The firm-fixed-price contract's funding and work location will be determined with each order.
The Army Contracting Command is the contracting agency.
The RA-1 will provide soldiers with a multi-mission, steerable high-altitude low-opening or high-altitude high-opening capability, according to the Army.
It is slated to replace the current MC-4 Ram Air Parachute system.
The new system will allow personnel to exit at heights between 3,500 feet and 35,000 feet, with a total jumper exit weight of 450 pounds.
The RA-1 can also operate in a double bag static line configuration.