Thursday, March 29, 2007

New army parachute will hold 100 more pounds

The Army is testing a new parachute to replace the model paratroopers have been jumping with for more than 50 years.

Program Executive Office Soldier’s Advanced Tactical Parachute or T11 is designed to support about 100 pounds more than the current T10 system, according to a recent press release.

“Paratroopers are required to carry more equipment than in the 1950s, when the total weight of the soldier, parachute system and combat load averaged 300 pounds,” the release states. “The T-11 is designed to carry a paratrooper with a total jump weight of 400 pounds safely to the ground.”

Read the rest at Army Times