Cobham to Develop Seawater-Activated Parachute Release Systems

The Universal Water Activated Release System is a battery-operated, seawater-activated electro-explosive device that automatically separates the parachute canopy from the user within 2 seconds when immersed in seawater By DA Reporter / 18 May 2021
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Cobham Mission Systems has been awarded a new prime contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support for production and delivery of UWARS components to be installed on Navy and Air Force aerial platforms through 2022. 

The Universal Water Activated Release System (UWARS) is a battery-operated, seawater-activated electro-explosive device that automatically separates the parachute canopy from the user within 2 seconds when immersed in seawater.

The contract is the fourth consecutive annual award by NAVSUP to Cobham Mission Systems for deliveries of military airborne applications. 

“We value the trust that our country’s military and allied nations put in our team to provide the most innovative and dependable critical lifesaving aerospace components,” said Matt Miller, vice president of business development at Cobham Mission Systems. “Our proven UWARS devices are capable of providing enduring life support to our pilots for many years to come.” 

The battery-operated UWARS supports various aerial platforms including B-1, B-2, B-52, T-38, F-15, F-16, F-22, A-10 and T7-A.  Since 2015, the Cobham Mission Systems team in Davenport has delivered over 16,000 UWARS on time or ahead of plan to military customers around the world with a 100 percent Lot Acceptance Test success rate.

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