Empty list
Drag and drop here OR Choose File OR Choose Zip

Airborne Systems

Careers channel

Airborne Systems Europe, headquartered in the UK, is the world’s most trusted design and manufacturing resource for Aerial Delivery & Survivability solutions and Naval Decoy systems. With nearly 100 years’ experience, we preserve the internationally established brand names of Irvin & GQ Parachutes world-renowned for quality and reliability.

We have operated from Llangeinor since April 2002 and employ over 350 personnel in South Wales with additional locations in Letchworth, Brize Norton and Toulouse.

Our business continues to focus on supplying the needs of the international defence market. Our multi-disciplinary research and development teams have an unrivalled breadth of expertise in the design and development of parachutes, naval decoy systems and associated technologies.


Our products remain at the forefront of the most demanding areas of Defence, including parachutes for:

  • Martin Baker range of ejection seats
  • Brake Parachutes for the Hawk, Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon
  • Pallets and Parachutes for Aerial Delivery
  • Electronic Countermeasures
  • Survival Equipment used in Search and Rescue


We also continue to pack and maintain Parachutes for the UK Airborne Forces at our unit in Letchworth.

Our Programme Managers are responsible for all projects from the proposal stage to production. This encompasses feasibility, design, and development, static and dynamic testing, drawing approval, preparation of procedures and specifications and approval of prototypes.

Extensive computer-aided design facilities, coupled with efficient data access to past trials and simulations enable parametric studies and predictions to be undertaken for all applications. The results of current trials are constantly fed back to confirm and validate predictions and to enhance further the value and accuracy of the simulation.

Strong Project Management skills ensure that equipment is to specification and is delivered on time. Our production engineering experts are involved from the beginning of a project to ensure that the system is value engineered for efficient design and cost effective production.

Our in-house precision metal manufacturing capability has been designing and manufacturing aerial delivery and safety / survival equipment for over half a century.


The wide range of systems and components that make up our Metals division product range includes:

  • Aerial Delivery Platforms
  • Air Transportation Pallets
  • Military Harnessware
  • Helicopter Deplaning & Underslung Load Equipment
  • Commercial Harnessware and Fittings