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Clandestine entry just got easier
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, June 02, 2007

Amazing little technology story here (the article is a year old, but the wings are due out this year):
A new military parachute system which fits wings on soldiers could enable them to travel to 200 kilometres (124 miles) after jumping, Jane's Defence Weekly defence magazine said Friday.

The system, which involves the development of new modular carbon-fibre wings, will mean that aircraft can drop parachutists from 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) into an area of operations without flying into a danger zone.

Trials of the modular wing are being developed by the German firm Elektroniksystem und Logistik and Draeger. They are due to finish by the end of 2006, with the entire parachute and wings combination expected to be available during 2007.
The point, of course, is to drop parachutists at a high altitude and let them fly themselves, undetected, into enemy territory. We do that now with HAHO (High Altitude High Opening). HAHO allows a jumper to fly himself, via special parachute, about 30km or further. This new wing will allow distances of up to 200km.

Said the article:
"The new wing will also reduce the impact of wind conditions on the jumper and allow operatives to travel up to 40 kilometres carrying loads of around 100 kilogrammes," Felstead said.

"The system is reportedly 100 percent silent and extremely difficult to track by air on ground-based radar systems."
So with the wing, they can match the HAHO distance but take a whole bunch of good stuff in with them. Wonder if we're using them yet?
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Reminds me of this guy.

I wonder if jets will be in the next version.
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This is just so damn cool!

And guns! And little rocket pods, too![/excess enthusiasm]
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Too cool...
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HALO: It’s not just for SEALs anymore!
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Very cool. When I saw the headline, I thought this was going to be an immigration story.
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Snake Pliskin will be pleased.
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