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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.

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I'd assume they did, but just saw this video of a Russian trainee being dragged around after his canopy gets caught in a dust devil.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2b1_1348431225



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.

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US military rigs do (main canopies anyway)

However, sometimes ya get a little tangled in the lines and even after you pop a canopy release assembly, you still get some dragging time.

Been there, done that. B|
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some do, some don't.
I know of some russian cutaway systems which were mounted on top of the reserve, and could have been called RRK's, as in Rusty Rambo Knife :S




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You mean this one?!
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