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Russia designs various parachutes for airborne and aerospace forces – Part 2

Russian specialists are also designing a new 3-7 parachute to replace the 3-5 in 2023. It is characterized by a slower vertical speed of 6 m/sec (3-5 has 7.5-8.5 m/sec) and can carry a paratrooper of 160 kg.
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Armored vehicles being airdropped from an Ilyushin Il-76MD (Picture source: Russian MoD)

The Polyot Parachute Plant in Ivanovo presented its Poisk special parachute at MILEX arms show. It lands solo or groups of parachutists with a full outfit weighing 140-160 kg from the maximum altitude of 400 meters. Poisk was displayed in three modifications that expand the engagement. The universal features are due to original designs that allow replacing units of the main parachute with other equipment according to the mission. The parachute lands on limited sites and stably descends in the absence of a counter flow. It can be used with cargo containers and other equipment.

The Parachute R&D designs landing means for heavy and big combat hardware, including Tiger all-terrain armored automobiles and highly protected Typhoon-VDV K-4386. The parachute is being tested. A five or seven-canopy system with a surface of 770 square meters is engaged depending on the weight. The currently used Bakhcha has 12 canopies with a surface of 350 square meters.

A paratrooper needs more than what containers of individual parachutes can accommodate. Long and large-scale airborne operations demand heavy and big cargoes. The Universal Production Complex in Moscow designed such a cargo parachute. It is PGS-1500, which combines a cargo platform with an attached multi-canopy system. It can land cargoes of the maximum weight of 15 tons (18 tons foreseen). Il-76 airlifters can drop PGS-1500 from an altitude of up to 8,000 meters at a maximum speed of 380 km/h. It is planned to design a universal multirole parachute platform (UMPP). The deadlines of the design and acceptance into service have not been determined yet.

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