June 26, 2017
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The Sherpa™ Precision Aerial Delivery System (PADS) is the most widely trusted family of GPS-guided aerial delivery systems available.

  • Operationally proven and deployed since 2003
  • Selected by multiple US military services and over 25 countries

A cost-effective and proven technology that accurately delivers up to 10,000 lbs. of supplies from aircraft under adverse, real-world conditions, servicing:

  • Military / Special Forces  
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Search and Rescue
  • Commercial Applications: Exploration and Forestry Teams, etc.

Sherpa™ Precision Aerial Delivery Systems enable safe, accurate and cost-effective delivery of cargo from a variety of fixed / rotary-wing aircraft.  Sherpa™ systems achieve high accuracy without dangerous low-level aircraft flight, enabling cargo delivery in mountainous terrain, zero visibility, and outside the reach of Man Portable Aerial Defence System. Sherpa™ PADS is also an IED-proof cargo delivery method, transferring the role of dangerous ground re-supply convoys to the air.

Family of Solutions

The Sherpa™ family of solutions includes two system variants, each with the flexibility to respond to the specific needs of any mission with better than 100m CEP:

The Sherpa™ Provider Advantage:

  • Common guidance unit designed to deliver payloads of 100 - 10,000 lbs
  • Compact, lightweight, modular guidance unit
  • Significantly reduced logistics / maintenance / training costs

The Sherpa™ Ranger Advantage:

  • Designed specifically in response to military Ultra Light Weight (ULW) requirements 
  • Cargo carrying capability of 100 - 2200 lbs
  • Dual purpose Cargo / Manpack guidance unit


All Sherpa™ variants are fully autonomous GPS guided, offering SAASM GPS support and an optional remote manual control, featuring the unique ability to reprogram the target point in-flight with the push of a button.

Sherpa™ systems feature a robust ability to overcome adverse winds, and offer significant flexibility with respect to dispatch scenarios. With an industry unique programmable drogue delay, the Ranger and Provider are fully HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) and HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) capable.

All variants feature fully guided ram-air parafoils which maintain positive control of the load throughout the entire flight, with a final soft landing at approximately half the rate of descent of low velocity round parachutes.

All Sherpa™ systems are provided with the MMIST LaunchPADS™ Multi Mission Manager, for easy stand alone operation.  Moreover, Sherpa™ systems are fully supported by the US Department of Defense's Joint Precision Aerial Delivery System (JPADS) mission planner, which forms part of the standard PADS training program. 

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