Cargo Delivery

Cargo parachute systems

Custom & Off-the-shelf cargo systems

Butler Parachute Systems can design custom cargo delivery systems to meet your specifications. In addition to custom cargo parachutes, we offer an off-the-shelf cargo system designed to deliver equipment packages of a variety of weights. The Small-unit Modular Aerial Re-supply Technology (SMARTChute) system comes pre-packed assemblies are available that include the canopy, bag, container, riser, and static line. These systems come ready to hook the static line to the airplane and riser to the payload.


The Butler SMARTChute™ System is designed to provide you with an affordable, easy to use, airdrop system for delivery of general cargo, tactical supplies, disaster relief, and rescue equipment. The SMARTChute is available for bulk cargo or liquid cargo using rugged polyethylene barrels– ranging from 14 gallons to 95 gallons. The SMARTChute™ System components are designed to be interchangeable, easily assembled and installed with minimal skill in parachute rigging and aerial delivery. To further reduce the logistics burden and the skill level required in the field, pre-packed assemblies (canopy, bag, container, riser, static line) are available. The pre-packed assemblies come ready to use out of the box. If needed, training in basic airdrop procedures is available from Butler Parachute Systems.

Canopy Trade NameAverage Canopy WeightP/NMaximum Recommended WeightTypical Operating Weight
12' Medium Duty Flat Circular Cargo Canopy - USCG Standard2.3 lb.312064 lb.40 lb.
17.5' Medium Duty Conical Cargo Canopy3.1 lb.3117122 lb.75 lb.
20' Medium Duty Conical Cargo Canopy4.3 lb.3121162 lb.105 lb.
24.5Medium Duty Conical Cargo Canopy5.4 lb.3116243 lb.155 lb.
24.5' Medium Duty LoPo Conical Cargo Canopy5.4 lb.3119268 lb.175 lb.
28' Medium Duty Conical Cargo Canopy8.5 lb.3110322 lb.220 lb.
28'/28 Gore Medium Duty Conical Cargo Canopy - USCG Standard8.7 lb.MD28-25.92322 lb.220 lb.
11054Open Head14 GAL3227
11055Open Head30 GAL3208
11056Open Head55 GAL3209
11060Closed Head14 GAL4035
11061Closed Head30 GAL4036
11062Closed Head55 GAL4037
11066Over-PAK-38395 GAL4039


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