Products and Services
Formerly Airborne Systems, IrvinGQ Limited has a strong engineering capability with a long and proud history of providing innovative solutions to meet customer needs, through the design and development of innovative new products, provision of engineering expertise, services and comprehensive training packages we strive to be the partner/supplier of choice for all of our customers.

Our talented, multidisciplinary engineering team encompasses a core group of professionally registered engineers and subject matter experts with a great depth of experience in:

•High Precision/High Speed Inflatable Structures
•Naval Floating and Airborne Decoy – Design, Development and Qualification
•High accuracy fabric corner reflector technology
•Emergency Escape & Ejector Seat Parachute Design
•Aerial Delivery Systems – Design Development and Certification ◦Land
â—¦Associated ancillary equipment

•Aircraft Role Equipment
•Personnel, Cargo & Aircraft Brake Parachutes – Design, Development and Certification
•Helicopter de-plaining equipment – Design, Development and Certification
•Flight Trials Test Programmes
•Development of Aircraft Payload rigging and tie down schemes
•SME consultancy
•Technical Publications production and management
•Customer Training – Maintenance and Operator
•Structural Integrity Testing
•Stress Analysis
•Safety Case/Assessment Development

Market Experience
For almost 100 years, Airborne Systems has been at the forefront of the on-going development of airdrop systems for the aerial delivery by parachute, of very large and varied loads of equipment and supplies, to enhance the capabilities of airborne forces.

We preserve the internationally established brand names of Irvin & GQ Parachutes and will maintain the proud traditions of these predecessors in continuing to supply products of quality and reliability. Our products remain at the forefront of the most demanding areas of Defence.

Our multi-disciplinary research and development teams have an unrivalled breadth of expertise in the design and development of parachutes and associated technologies.

Today our key business is based around our expertise in Aerial Delivery, Survivability, Search and Rescue and Naval Decoy Systems.

Major Customers
UK MoD, US DoD, US Navy, Lockheed Martin, Martin Baker, Saab, SAGEM, Agusta Westland Helicopters, BAeSystems, MBDA

Key Equipment & Processes
Today our key business is based around our expertise in Aerial Delivery, Survivability, Search and Rescue and Naval Decoy Systems.

Airborne Systems Aerial Delivery, Search and Rescue and Survivability Products are designed with the end user at the forefront of each design.

Airborne Systems supplies parachutes and aerial delivery systems for the Air Drop of combat supplies, stores, humanitarian aid and vehicles onto land drop zones. Loads weighing from 23kg (50lb) to 16,000kg (35,200lb) can be airdropped using a range of parachutes, airdrop platforms and ancillary rigging equipment.

The aerial delivery of Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) followed by Special Forces Troops has been in service for the last 30 years and is used for Special Maritime Operations, Maritime Counter Terrorism, Anti-Piracy and Search and Rescue operations.

Airborne Systems military emergency parachute assemblies and emergency escape systems.

Airborne Systems specialises in the design and supply of specialist search and rescue (SAR) equipment for military, coastguard and civilian organisations.

Airborne Systems provides a range of equipment for the insertion and extraction of troops from military helicopters.

Airborne Systems provides solutions for customers in the following product and service areas, specialising in Naval Decoy Systems for naval ship protection and complex and precision solutions in flexible materials for naval, defence and commercial applications.

Quality Approvals
Airborne Systems is ISO 9001:2008 and MAA certified and DAOS approved.

In 2016 Airborne Systems was awarded the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

Recognising the Company’s expansion abroad, Airborne Systems earned the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2015, in particular for increasing overseas sales during the previous three years and for exporting more than 50% of turnover and was also awarded the Investors in People GOLD status for its continuous commitment to develop employees.

The main drivers for Airborne Systems’ success and continued growth are through improvements in business processes and the introduction of a value-based operating strategy focussing on generating profitable new business, making steady improvements to the cost structure and providing real value to customers with pricing to reflect this value.

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Our Address:

Bettws Road, Llangeinor, Bridgend, CF32 8PL


51.5787296, -3.5678701

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