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Army Evaluating New Airborne Kit to Save Towed Paratroopers | Military
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Army Evaluating New Airborne Kit to Save Towed Paratroopers | Military

U.S. Army experts are testing a new emergency parachute system that can be used when a paratrooper becomes a towed jumper — a dangerous malfunction that causes an individual to be dragged behind the aircraft.

While Army airborne operations have evolved over the decades into a safe science, there are still hazards to static-line parachute jumps that can be deadly. A paratrooper becomes a towed jumper when the static line, or cord that’s attached to a special cable inside the aircraft, fails to pull the jumper’s main parachute open.

“A towed jumper situation is very, very dangerous,” Sam Corner, project manager for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center Aerial Delivery Directorate, told Military.com on Thursday.

Source: Army Evaluating New Airborne Kit to Save Towed Paratroopers | Military