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DSEI 2017: New parachute safety system unveiled

12th September 2017 - 09:09 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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Airborne Systems North America has unveiled a next-generation safety solution for airborne and special operations forces at DSEI 2017 in London.

The company, which designs low-level and freefall ram-air parachutes for the international military market, has released its Towed Jumper Release System (TJRS) that has been designed to free a towed jumper from aircraft with the deployment of an additional recovery parachute.

The TJRS has been designed to replace legacy solutions currently in service with US Army and British Army airborne forces.

‘Airborne Systems North America developed the TJRS to respond to a market need for a towed jumper release solution … and updates technology to meet the demands of modern airborne forces,’ a company official explained in a statement.

The re-usable TJRS comprises an adaptation of Airborne Systems’ T-11 parachute, which is positioned next to the exit door or ramp. The system is deployed by jumpmasters and air crew when a parachutist’s static-line has failed to function upon exit and the jumper is being dragged by the aircraft.

Once the TJRS is set-up, the static line anchor cable is cut allowing the parachutist to descend to the ground safely under the recovery parachute.

The TJRS allows a maximum all up weight of 240kg (450lb) and maximum deployment altitude of 17,500ft above mean sea level (MSL). The TJRS has a minimum deployment altitude of 500ft and maximum deployment speed of 150 KIAS. 

Airborne Systems North America has also used DSEI to unveil its Special Operations Long Range (SOLR) Oxygen Supply Portable Test Stand.

The deployable console set can be attached to SOLR masks and oxygen bottles and is designed to confirm whether SOLR oxygen sets are fit for operations. The system can be used in the field without a power source, Airborne Systems confirmed.

The SOLR, when used in conjunction with a parachutist oxygen mask, is suitable for the most extreme high altitude high opening (HAHO) and high altitude low opening (HALO) missions, designed to provide more than ‘60% more oxygen capacity for increased flight duration under canopy’, according to company literature.

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