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Friday, December 9, 2022

This gadget is helping French special forces nail their parachute landings | Popular Science

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Even if you are parachuting alone and are reasonably lightweight, jumping out of a plane at 28,000 feet in the middle of the night while wearing an oxygen mask and descending into a hostile area is no easy undertaking.

It’s far more difficult when you’re doing the same mission while carrying not only pounds of gear but also another person who isn’t a skilled paratrooper. That arrangement makes it nearly impossible to see down and measure your distance from the ground, preventing you from not only warning your passenger to lift their legs horizontally in a timely manner but also precisely timing your landing move.

That is the situation addressed by the 13th Parachute Dragoon Unit, sometimes known as the 13th RDP, a French army regiment dedicated solely to acquiring human information from any theater in peacetime, conflict, or other emergencies.

Source: https://www.popsci.com/technology/french-special-forces-develop-parachute-tech/

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