Russian Airborne Forces receive new parachutes - Part 1

The Russian Airborne Forces will receive new platformless, cargo, and other parachutes, head of the airborne training department of the Airborne Forces Vladimir Kvash told the Krasnaya Zvezda daily.
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Landing of a Russian paratrooper equipped with an Arbalet-2 parachute (Picture source: Russian MoD)

In 2020, paratroopers made over 170,000 jumps and landed over 390 hardware units. The main training result was the airdrop of the personnel and hardware at various command-staff and tactical exercises.

In July 2020, the commander of the Airborne Forces supervised a command-staff exercise when paratroopers and weapons took off from two airfields and airdropped to three landing sites in Ryazan region. Over 700 men and 60 hardware units were airdropped.

The Slavic Brotherhood exercise in Belarus airdropped over 350 men and 40 hardware units. The Caucasus-2020 strategic command-staff exercise engaged Ilyushin Il-76 airlifters to drop 1,000 paratroopers and 130 hardware units on two parallel landing sites. The airlifters for the first time airdropped a company in BMD-4M combat airborne vehicles.

In April 2020, a tactical exercise was held with commandos in the Arctic. On April 21, 2020, a 20-man strong unit jumped from an altitude of 10,000 meters and accomplished a training mission. The operation was held in complicated weather: when jumping, the commandos could not see the landing site in Nagurskoe, in Alexander Land Island of Franz Joseph Land Archipelago; they used navigational devices and precisely landed in the assigned area. The main aim of the high-altitude jump was to determine the possibility to create mobile commando units with highly effective parachutes and automatic equipment that are constantly ready to jump from 10,000 meters and glide on the maximum distance to the mission area.

A new Junker-O high-altitude set was tested. It includes a Stayer parachute, oxygen equipment, navigational and communication devices, and a special outfit.

The Airborne Forces currently operate D-10 parachutes, 3-5 standby parachutes, Arbalet-1 and Arbalet-2 special parachutes. They fully meet modern requirements, but the design of prospective parachutes is constantly ongoing.

Designers are mostly developing special-designation parachutes. A parachute system for an airdrop from 8,000 meters to major distances has passed acceptance trials. Its suspension carries a cargo container in the front and a seat for a long jump under the parachute canopy.

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