Sep 23, 2012, 8:08 PM
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Re: [soulbabel] Do military rounds have the ability to cutaway?
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Short answer: The Russian paratrooper canopies that I know do have a ground cutaway system for one riser. So they do recognize the risk of being dragged.
Longer answer: Those canopies look like D-6 mains but I'm not up to speed on all the Russian paratrooper canopies. That kind of canopy does have a cutaway system on one riser, for use on the ground only, There's a soft handle outboard at the base of the riser that peels away from velcro and then pulls a pin that releases webbing that wraps around metal bars (vaguely like the 70's Strong Wrap), allowing the riser to separate.
Edit: And the US has long used Capewell releases to connect both main risers on their paratroop systems.
(This post was edited by pchapman on Sep 23, 2012, 8:09 PM)
Yes, there is some release system similar to Capewell. Have you seen a student dragged by 260 sqft cannopy? Now you can imagine how easy a 800sqft round canopy can be handled. I've heard stories when the cost o the kind of action was the belly mounted reserve.