US Army paratroopers have recently completed testing of a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan.

During two of the three test drops, the Lifeliner container-unitised bulk equipment (CUBE) safely delivered hundreds of gallons of water to the ground under dual, 100ft-wide parachutes from over 1,000ft.

The new container can be transported by truck or slingloaded beneath a helicopter, is 40% of the cost of existing equipment and can be easily handled for storage by one person.

The 307th Brigade Support Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Paul Narowski said that the test validated the airdrop procedures for delivering 400 gallons of fuel, water or unitised supplies to forces anywhere on the battlefield.

More than 200 systems have already been fielded to deployed units to date.