The primary role of Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) is to conduct operational trials and evaluation to develop the delivery by air of personnel, machines and materiel on behalf of sponsors. In addition it provides advice/recommendations to MOD sponsors, other government departments, civilian industry and foreign governments on all air transport matters.
JADTEU received ISO 9001 accreditation on 19 March 1997 and is ISO 9000:2015 compliant. It has design approval status within the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) Design Approval Organisation Scheme (DAOS), for aerial delivery systems and other air transport related equipment. The Unit, comprising of 5 lead sections and support staff as follows:
Air Portability Section. The Air Portability (AP) Section develops techniques and procedures for the loading and restraint of vehicles and equipment in fixed and rotary winged aircraft. They provide advice on all airportability issues and regularly provide Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to MOD agencies and the wider aviation community.
Aerial Delivery Section. The Aerial Delivery (AD) Section is responsible for carrying out operational test and evaluation on all aerial delivery systems including vehicles, boats and stores delivered under parachute. It produces safe, tactically sound and effective procedures in order to meet Tri-Service operational requirements. Expertise is drawn from army RLC (Royal Logistic Corps) air despatchers and REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) engineers.
Engineering Section. JADTEU Eng Section provide Engineering Airworthiness Advice through the Trials Engineering Officers (TEOs), Engineering Design Office (EDO) and Engineering Workshops who design and manufacture of Prototype Equipment to support trials Air Delivery tasking. We are proud to be one of 3 Defence organisations to have DAOS accreditation for the design of mechanical installation fittings on military aircraft. To maintain this accreditation the organisation is subject to audits by the Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) Team and the MAA.
Helicopter Section. The Helicopter Section develops lifting schemes for, and provides advice on, the carriage of vehicles and equipment as helicopter underslung loads in support of UK military commitments. They also provide advice on helicopter underslung load operations.
Parachuting Test Team. Responsible for continued Developmental and Operational T&E of Military Parachute Systems and ancillaries from multiple aircraft. Ensuring that the specific drills and procedures are in place for the delivery of Airborne and Special Forces personnel by Static Line (SL) and Free Fall (FF) into the battlefield. This includes High Altitude Low Opening (HALO), High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) and Low-Level Parachute (LLP).
Training Section. Training Section is the sole UK provider for the training of Defence Helicopter Handling Instructors (DHHI), and Troop Insertion Extraction Systems (TIES) instructors. It provides safety assurance to Joint Helicopter Command by auditing Tri Service user units and performs operational test and evaluation of current and future TIES items. It provides specialist advice to all UK Defence, security agencies and civilian authorities as well as supporting Defence diplomacy worldwide.
Support Staff. A wide variety of specialists including technical illustrators, designers and IT staff place the Unit in the enviable position of being a self-contained ‘one-stop shop’. DAOS accreditation allows JADTEU to design, manufacture and trial prototype equipment in support of the Unit mission.
Air Warfare Centre Task Initiation Form (TIF): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-warfare-centre-task-initiation-form
JADTEU Lloyd’s Register Certificate of Approval: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jadteu-lloyds-register-certificate-of-approval
Helicopter Section - External Load Information:
- DAP 101A-1105-1A - Carriage of Cargo and Equipment by Helicopters, General Information. (PDF)
- DAP 101A-1105-1B - Carriage of Cargo and Equipment by Helicopters, Underslung Load Clearances. (PDF)
JADTEU Contact Details
Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit
RAF Brize Norton
Fax: +44(0)1993 896 281
Task Co-Ordination Officer Telephone: +44(0)1993 896 295 Email: AWC-JADTEUTCO@mod.gov.uk
JADTEU Training Section Clerk Telephone: +44(0)1993 896 274 Email: Terri.Felts259@mod.gov.uk
RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX.