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US paratroopers carried out a massive landing on Guam

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Growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region are forcing the United States to show strength to its adversary, China. To this end, the American troops landed on the island of Guam.


As you know, it is on Guam that the most important American bases in this part of the Pacific Ocean are located. The largest of the Mariana Islands, Guam has the status of an unincorporated organized territory of the United States. A real military landing of American troops on Guam took place back in 1944 as part of the Guam operation: then the American marines had to liberate the island captured by the Japanese in 1941. 76 years later, a large-scale landing was repeated in the form of military exercises.

Pacific Division


For participation in the training landing operation, units of the 25th division of the US Armed Forces deployed in Alaska were involved. The paratroopers were to land on the island with the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Planes with paratroopers on board flew from the base of Elmendorf-Richardson, in Alaska, near Anchorage. It is here that the 4th brigade group of the 25th division is based, which participated in the exercises.

By the way, the 25th Infantry Division of the US Army has the unofficial name of "Tropical Lightning." Her combat path is inextricably linked with the Pacific Ocean: they formed a division in Hawaii in October 1941, she had to participate in battles for the first time during the operation over the Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in January 1943, and then the division fought in the Philippines and carried out occupation service in Japan. participated in US military operations on the Korean Peninsula, in Vietnam and in Cambodia. Separate divisions fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. The division currently includes the 1st mechanized brigade "Arctic Wolves", the 2nd light infantry brigade "Warriors", the 3rd light infantry brigade "Broncos" and the 4th airborne brigade "Spartan", as well as the army brigade aviation and the 25th Logistics Support Brigade.


Airborne landing

For the training operation in Guam, the division involved five S-17 aircraft. Early in the morning of June 30, 2020, the paratroopers landed from the aircraft and began to practice the actions to free the airfield at Andersen Air Force Base. The commandant of the paratroopers, Colonel Christopher Landers from the 4th Airborne Brigade, described the following exercises:

This scenario tested our ability to carry out real missions and demonstrated that we can deploy in the Pacific at any time.


Military exercises as a demonstration of power to China


Military analyst Joseph Trevitik of The Drive stresses the importance of such exercises to counter China’s military build-up in the Asia-Pacific region. As you know, China creates artificial islands in the South China Sea, using them as military bases. These actions cause great caution in other states of the region and the United States.

The American leadership is also worried about China’s unchanging stance on Taiwan. Therefore, it was so important for Washington to show its potential adversary that, if necessary, it could easily transfer not only ships or planes, but also airborne troops to the Pacific Ocean, thousands of kilometers from their bases in North America.


American paratroopers work out actions to capture the object

Expeditionary war is one of the components of the Pentagon’s strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. The US military should have the skills to take lightning-fast capture of strategically important objects, including small airfields, military bases and enemy fortifications, as well as build their own fortified structures as soon as possible in order to be fixed on captured bridgeheads.

Given that the deployment of airborne units does not even require the involvement of US Navy ships, such operations look even more attractive to the US military. Therefore, Joseph Trevitik concludes that such exercises in the Pacific will be conducted more and more in the foreseeable future.

This is what the landing of the American paratroopers looks like:
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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 1 July 2020 09: 49 New
    +1
    US paratroopers carried out mass landing in guam
    Already 24 pieces! laughing (judging by the video).
    1. Finches
      Finches 1 July 2020 10: 16 New
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      But in general, I like the phrase - We sat on Guam ...- there is something caressing in it - pin.sy got into .... Guam! laughing
      1. Basil50
        Basil50 1 July 2020 10: 40 New
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        Judging by the recent military operations of the Americans with the p and p and nd about with n and to and m and this is a demonstration of intimidation.
        The main military action of the Americans and the warriors is the search for traitors and the purchase of these same traitors.
        For some reason, it seems that any demonstration of the Americans, including the military budget, is nothing more than the appearance of power and the willingness to steal more than they spent.
      2. Mitroha
        Mitroha 1 July 2020 11: 41 New
        +1
        It was necessary to free the island, captured by the Japanese in 1941.

        In fact, some invaders succeeded other invaders.
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    3. Doliva63
      Doliva63 1 July 2020 12: 15 New
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      Quote: aszzz888
      US paratroopers carried out mass landing in guam
      Already 24 pieces! laughing (judging by the video).

      Well, there were 5 airplanes - about a company was landed, it turns out.
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 1 July 2020 13: 14 New
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        Quote: Doliva63
        Well, there were 5 airplanes - about a company was landed, it turns out.

        So, the C-17 can take a hundred soldiers.
        1. Doliva63
          Doliva63 1 July 2020 18: 37 New
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          Quote: Thunderbolt
          Quote: Doliva63
          Well, there were 5 airplanes - about a company was landed, it turns out.

          So, the C-17 can take a hundred soldiers.

          But the fact is that the crews of their BTA, like ours, need to earn money for "coolness", and landing also enters there, here 5 crews made small steps in their growth - that's just business laughing
    4. Interlocutor
      Interlocutor 1 July 2020 13: 42 New
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      US paratroopers carried out a mass landing on Guam. Already 24 pieces! laughing (judging by the video).

      Exactly. What pathos.
  2. Doccor18
    Doccor18 1 July 2020 09: 55 New
    +3
    Given that the deployment of airborne units does not even require the involvement of US Navy ships, such operations look even more attractive to the US military

    The Pentanon decided to capture the Chinese bulk islands from the air ...? Guam is good, they don’t shoot machine guns from below on Black parachutes. And for how many hours of battle these paratroopers will be enough, without the support of the fleet. Again, the "difficulties of translation" or in the Pentagon from the mind survived?
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 1 July 2020 10: 16 New
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      Doccor18 (Alexander) Today, 09:55
      +1
      Given that the deployment of airborne units does not even require the involvement of US Navy ships, such operations look even more attractive to the US military

      The Pentanon decided to capture the Chinese bulk islands from the air ...? Guam is good, they don’t shoot machine guns from below on Black parachutes. And for how many hours of battle these paratroopers will be enough, without the support of the fleet. Again, the "difficulties of translation" or in the Pentagon from the mind survived?
      Well, why not jump onto trimmed lawns (so that slings do not get tangled at the landing, and don’t get lost when they start to pack)? laughing And when, do not bring, Lord! it will begin and there will be some on stones, some in the sea, some on trees - and even under fire! , then merkatosiki will be checked in action. wink
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 1 July 2020 10: 31 New
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        Quote: aszzz888
        And when, do not bring, Lord! it will begin and there will be some on stones, some in the sea, some on trees - and even under fire! , then merkatosiki will be checked in action.

        The problem is that they still have that kind of experience.
        In the north of Iraq.
        But ours doesn’t have this ... Despite the fact that ours is much more expensive than the Americans.
        1. Doccor18
          Doccor18 1 July 2020 10: 53 New
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          Despite the fact that ours cost much more than Americans.

          It is not clear ... Does a Russian military airborne officer consider it more expensive than an American paratrooper?
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 1 July 2020 10: 58 New
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            Quote: Doccor18
            Believes a serviceman of the Russian Airborne Forces is more expensive than an American paratrooper?

            The paratrooper is more expensive. But the unit is cheaper.
            They have a massive technique, Humvee
            We have specialized BMDs that are more expensive than even infantry counterparts.
            1. Doccor18
              Doccor18 1 July 2020 11: 19 New
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              If we start a substantive discussion about the Russian Airborne Forces, their pros and cons, prospects, and even in comparison with similar units of the USA and NATO, then we don’t have a day.
              ... specialized BMD ...

              In my opinion, BMD is not needed by our airborne forces. Of course, they increase the firepower of the airborne units .. But now BMD is not able to solve the whole range of tasks assigned to it. And thousands of paratroopers, Russia will not throw in western Germany. The tasks for the Airborne Forces have changed a lot, the systems of destruction have changed, everything has changed.
              1. Lopatov
                Lopatov 1 July 2020 11: 23 New
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                Quote: Doccor18
                In my opinion, BMD is not needed by our airborne forces. They, of course, increase the firepower of the landing units ..

                I do not think that we should blindly copy the Americans.
                For example, the Germans for their paratroopers have specialized equipment, albeit a very original one, “Wizels” and “Mungo”
                1. Doccor18
                  Doccor18 1 July 2020 11: 38 New
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                  Yes, no need to copy. This is madness. Each country has its own goals and means. But you need to study someone else's experience! And trying on yourself, take the best, sweeping away the unnecessary. Here is a regiment of specialized helicopters (at least 50 pieces) at each airborne division that would greatly enhance its combat capabilities. You also need a large number of light buggies, anti-tank guns, grenade launchers and machine guns, light reconnaissance UAVs, modern communications equipment and light ammunition transporters, rather than BMD-4-5-6-7 ....
                2. strannik1985
                  strannik1985 1 July 2020 11: 53 New
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                  For example, the Germans have specialized equipment for their paratroopers

                  The Wiesel can transport CH-53 or CH-47 in the cargo compartment.
                  1. Lopatov
                    Lopatov 1 July 2020 15: 11 New
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                    Quote: strannik1985
                    The Wiesel can transport CH-53 or CH-47 in the cargo compartment.

      2. Doliva63
        Doliva63 1 July 2020 12: 17 New
        +1
        "... And when, don’t bring it, Lord! It will begin and there will be some on the stones, some on the sea, some on the trees - and even under the fire!, Then merkatosiki will be checked in action. Wink"
        In Grenada, it seems, they had it laughing
    2. Courier
      Courier 1 July 2020 10: 22 New
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      But the Chinese like fleet support is not needed? Barefoot across the ocean run, like Christ, huh?
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 1 July 2020 10: 57 New
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        Without the support of the fleet, any detached garrison on the island or far from the metropolis, no matter how strong it is, is doomed to defeat. There are no options.
        What are the Chinese, what the Americans, what the Russians ...
    3. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 1 July 2020 11: 41 New
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      It’s still necessary to fly to the bulk islands, and before landing, equalize everything on the islands. For the time being they will be equal and can fly something along the AUG. Do they give a signal again?
  3. KCA
    KCA 1 July 2020 10: 02 New
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    And there is no information how much the Humvee crashed while landing?
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 July 2020 10: 16 New
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    ... show strength to his adversary - China
    What, what, and showing strength is a favorite pastime, as they wrote earlier, of the American military. According to their understanding, China is simply obliged to be afraid and make concessions to the United States on any issues. A couple of AUGs were driven to the shores of Korea, so what? Koreans sent to hell, and the Chinese even more so if necessary send. Regarding the landing, “massively” is when the Russian Airborne Division simultaneously drops into several sections.
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 1 July 2020 10: 35 New
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      Quote: rotmistr60
      Regarding the landing, “massively” is when the Russian Airborne Division simultaneously drops into several sections.

      Mass airborne landing from planes ... I don’t even know how in modern conditions, the presence of MANPADS in the troops, but there are many, such that they’ll reach 5 km already ... I just don’t know how to “iron” the landing site
      and suppress enemy air defenses in order to send heavy transporters and massively land an airborne parachute ...
      1. Zeev
        Zeev zeev 1 July 2020 16: 54 New
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        Well, in 2003, they managed quite well in Iraq. And suppressed the air defense, and cleared the landing zone. And captured the airfield for the delivery of reinforcements.
  5. Lopatov
    Lopatov 1 July 2020 10: 29 New
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    In general, this division is cool among the Americans. Almost the entire division is in Hawaii, including management.
    And two brigades in Alaska. Brigade "Stryker" and for some reason paratroopers.

    By the way, I would not relate to one of the five American airborne brigades harshly. Still, permanently living in Alaska is not khukh-mukhra.
    1. poquello
      poquello 1 July 2020 12: 41 New
      +1
      Quote: Spade
      By the way, I would not relate to one of the five American airborne brigades harshly. Still, permanently living in Alaska is not khukh-mukhra.

      really scumbags?
    2. Private-K
      Private-K 1 July 2020 14: 33 New
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      Quote: Spade
      two brigades in Alaska. Brigade "Stryker" and for some reason paratroopers.

      Why the Amer airborne brigade is deployed in Alaska is completely understandable: to capture from the air the infrastructure of the Russian Federation in Dalvas and the Arctic.
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 1 July 2020 15: 10 New
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        Quote: Private-K
        to capture from the air the infrastructure of the Russian Federation in Dalvas and the Arctic.

        laughing
        More likely under Korea this "VDK in a miniature" is created. From one VD brigade, two light infantry brigade and "Stryker"
        1. Private-K
          Private-K 1 July 2020 16: 13 New
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          Firstly, in Korea, the Amer paratroopers have nothing to do - their own, the South Korean paratroopers (both marines and special forces) - dohrenichi. And they are prepared perfectly. And it makes no sense to any amers to throw their few infantry into the meat grinder of the hundreds of thousands of armies of both Koreas.
          But throwing in parachutes to chop off from the Russian Federation half a dozen of the most important “points” in Chukotka and in the Arctic is a nice thing. hi
          And now, bearing in mind this, we recall the perplexity of some comrades about the outbursts of Russian Airborne Forces in the same Arctic ... Now, at least, of course hi that the Russians were thrown out to recapture the captured? soldier Otherwise, Nikaaak ... request
  6. businessv
    businessv 1 July 2020 10: 35 New
    +1
    It was so important for Washington to show its potential adversary that, if necessary, it could easily transfer not only ships or planes, but also airborne troops to the Pacific Ocean, thousands of kilometers from their bases in North America.
    China, so to speak, an act of intimidation, is unlikely to impress! Stripes will never risk attacking the enemy if they are even threatened with a hypothetically serious rebuff. In the case of China, the rebuff will be not hypothetical, but quite real.
  7. Helmsman
    Helmsman 1 July 2020 10: 35 New
    -2
    Funny, scare China by one brigade. It's like scaring Putin for 5 terms.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 1 July 2020 10: 49 New
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      Quote: Helmsman
      Funny scare China by one brigade

      Just one of the tasks of their airborne units and formations is to ensure the deployment of the group on the theater of operations.
      And in fact, they are like a foot that they stuck in the door they are trying to close.
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 1 July 2020 17: 14 New
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        Quote: Spade
        they are like a foot they put in the door they are trying to close.

        Well, there are different doors - in some it’s better not to poke anything. yes laughing
  8. Samara_63
    Samara_63 1 July 2020 10: 47 New
    -1
    Understood nothing? Infantry division and parachuting? And where is their 82 Airborne Division? They had two divisions in total, but only one, for they made 111 assault
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 1 July 2020 10: 51 New
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      Quote: Samara_63
      Understood nothing? Infantry division and parachuting? And where is their 82 Airborne Division?

      You need to know the materiel ...
      In addition to the three 82nd Airborne Brigades, there are two separate brigades, in Italy and Alaska.
      A total of five teams.
      1. Samara_63
        Samara_63 1 July 2020 10: 56 New
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        Well you know
        All parts that land and belong to the Airborne Forces are brought to the United States in the 18th Airborne Corps
        25 divisions are not there
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 1 July 2020 11: 07 New
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          Quote: Samara_63
          All parts that land and belong to the Airborne Forces are brought to the United States in the 18th Airborne Corps

          This is a false statement.
          Neither the airborne brigade of the 25th infantry division, nor the 173rd airborne brigade have anything to do with the 18th airborne corps.
          1. Samara_63
            Samara_63 1 July 2020 11: 21 New
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            Moreover, in the USA, a huge mass of troops has parachute training!
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 1 July 2020 11: 25 New
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              No, only 5 (five) brigades, with the exception of support units and subunits.
    2. Private-K
      Private-K 1 July 2020 14: 38 New
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      The American division is built on the principle of modularity: any units and subunits of any kind of troops and forces can become under the command of a division. Specifically, under the flag of the “25th Infantry Division”, three types of brigades are combined at once: light infantry, motorized rifle (on the Stricker KBTR) and airborne.
      The modern Amer "division" is, in fact, a corps, but for the preservation of "military traditions and history" they continue to be called divisions.
  9. Cycle boss
    Cycle boss 1 July 2020 10: 51 New
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    And the Japanese expressed regret, anxiety .. because in 1944, the Americans committed an act of aggression against the Japanese military .. or is it applicable only to Russia ..?!
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 1 July 2020 13: 12 New
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      Quote: Cycle Boss
      And the Japanese expressed regret, anxiety .. because in 1944, the Americans committed an act of aggression against the Japanese military ..

      The act of aggression was committed by the Japanese in 1941 / treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor /, and then they only snatched off the answer. So their business here is to keep quiet. And they don’t need it, because the USA is now their closest ally.
  10. Samara_63
    Samara_63 1 July 2020 11: 06 New
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    Yes, the United States seriously approached the formation of the Airborne Forces, except for the 18th Airborne Corps, and this

    Office Building, Fort Bragg
    3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart
    10th Mining Division, Fort Drum
    82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg
    101st Airborne Assault Division, Fort Campbell
    18th Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg
    20th Engineering Team, Fort Bragg
    Other units stationed near the 18th Airborne Forces:

    16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg
    1st Logistics Command, Fort Bragg
    3rd Expeditionary Logistics Command, Fort Knox
    7th Transport Brigade, Fort Eustis
    20th Command of the Russian Chemical Plant, Aberdeen Proving Ground
    52nd Artillery Group (52nd Ordnance Group (EOD)), Fort Campbell
    525th Intelligence Brigade, Fort Bragg
    35th Liaison Brigade, Fort Gordon
    108th Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade, Fort Bragg
    18th Air Support Operations Group, Pop Field
    44th Medical Team, Fort Bragg.
    There is also a 25th division ...
  11. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 1 July 2020 11: 14 New
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    Like everything cheerfully, with chants, with trunks. Straight pioneers went camping with an overnight stay laughing
    And the "paratroopers", apparently, didn’t even have enough to fill one transport carrier at least half. Mass mass is direct!
  12. Prisoner
    Prisoner 1 July 2020 11: 32 New
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    Well, what is the reaction of the Chinese comrades? Oh, I’m probably impressed. laughing God ordered the paratrooper to improve the skills of landing both solo and in large groups. As the saying goes, "hard in learning, but in battle in general ...". But an attempt to hint at something for a country with modern anti-aircraft defense by such exercises is, do not go to a fortuneteller, by.
    1. Samara_63
      Samara_63 1 July 2020 11: 50 New
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      Well, why, we don’t know what the US electronic warfare is capable of, but it is capable of a lot, I think, plus accurate tomahawks and other missiles, and there’s no more need to capture the airfield in the islands
  13. Samara_63
    Samara_63 1 July 2020 11: 39 New
    -5
    The Airborne Forces are needed, these are not only paratroopers ... And paratroopers are also needed, for example, to capture an airfield
    I see that the United States is just awesome Airborne Forces, World War II taught them a lot
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 1 July 2020 11: 58 New
      +3
      My dear man, you are replaying.
      1. Paranoid50
        Paranoid50 1 July 2020 17: 19 New
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        Quote: Captive
        You are replaying.

        Yes, it’s Vasya - he’s really like that, he can yes laughing
        1. Prisoner
          Prisoner 1 July 2020 20: 04 New
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          Professional education on the decline. Obviously.
  14. Evil 55
    Evil 55 1 July 2020 13: 20 New
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    Quite a strange form of parachute ... along the way, the analogue of our uncontrolled "oak" D-1, and the exit from the ship for some reason is not against the oncoming stream, but along it, which threatens with possible rotation, obfuscation and trauma of the paratrooper ... not it looks like experienced fighters ..
    1. Zeev
      Zeev zeev 1 July 2020 16: 57 New
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      What does it mean upstream? In the direction of the aircraft, or what?
      1. Evil 55
        Evil 55 2 July 2020 07: 36 New
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        We have it so ... If not through the rear ramp ..
        1. Zeev
          Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 08: 01 New
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          Is it like a muzzle facing the wind, back to tail? Strange and incomprehensible (for me, at least) technique. In the IDF they go sideways, across the stream, which turns the soldier face in front of the tail of the aircraft, and back to the wind. At the same time, the exhaust halyard pulls the main parachute. Three seconds later, after full disclosure, the fighter stabilizes, checks the dome and continues to descent to the ground. I suspect that the technique is the same in the US Army.
          1. Evil 55
            Evil 55 2 July 2020 09: 28 New
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            All teachers are different ...
            1. Zeev
              Zeev zeev 2 July 2020 14: 42 New
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              Everything is different for everyone. And the height of the throw, and the experience of real application, and ammunition.
  15. Ros 56
    Ros 56 1 July 2020 13: 42 New
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    Everyone got to the island, nobody missed? And judging by the text
    For the training operation in Guam, the division involved five S-17 aircraft. Early in the morning of June 30, 2020, the paratroopers landed from the aircraft and began to practice the actions to free the airfield at Andersen Air Force Base.
    I didn’t understand something, were they trying to free the island from themselves? wassat lol wassat
  16. Sarkazm
    Sarkazm 1 July 2020 13: 56 New
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    Marines and marines in any army, to put it mildly, are above average. There is somehow no sense in hacking, they can not only jump to Guam, their level is at least not lower than the level of our airborne forces, and the technique and tactics - each has its own history and traditions, its own likely theater of operations and tasks.
    To start talking about Wizels, BMD and so on, first take the structure and staff, their and our platoons, companies and battalions, weapons and numbers, imagine their capabilities and our capabilities, who will be able to solve what tasks.
  17. APAHAKC
    APAHAKC 1 July 2020 20: 42 New
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    cool will be trophies!