Russian special operator paratroopers recently conducted a high-altitude jump from 33,000 feet out of an Il-76 Candid transport aircraft. This is one of numerous recent displays of their increasing skills and abilities as they train to prepare their troops to deploy anywhere at any time. The training exercise took place on Alexandra Land, an island in Russia’s Franz Josef Land archipelago above the Arctic Circle. Those involved in the jump were largely from the military Special Operations Forces Command and the Federal Security Service’s Special Purpose Center. After the jump, the paratroopers set up a ground camp and conducted training using snowmobiles and drones.
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