More than 100 officers and instructors of the airborne service from all the units of the Russian Airborne Forces take part in the collection of the special-purpose parachute systems of the Arbalet type, the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
The course of theoretical and practical preparation for the use of "Crossbows" is designed for six weeks, classes are organized on the basis of the 309-th Center for Physical Training and Survival of Airborne Forces in Ryazan. After the training camp, the instructors will train the paratroopers to jump using the “Crossbow” in their units.
During the training course, each participant must complete over 20 jumps using these parachutes. The program provides for landing in various conditions - both during the day and at night, including weapons and using cargo containers to drop cargo.
Help (according to the press service and information of the Ministry of Defense of Russia)
Parachute systems "Crossbow-1" and "Crossbow-2" are intended for jumps by parachutists-specialists of special-purpose groups and intelligence units with a set of weapons and equipment.
Training jumps with the help of "Crossbows" are made of aircraft such as An-2, An-26, An-12, Il-76 and Mi-8 helicopters.
Parachute type "Crossbow" allows you to parachute with special equipment up to 150 kilograms in the range of air temperatures from minus 35 to plus 35 degrees Celsius at the speed of the aircraft when dropping to 350 kilometers per hour. The unique characteristics of the parachute system allow you to jump from the maximum allowable heights with the parachutist moving horizontally in the air to a distance of 50 kilometers.
Currently, special-purpose parachute systems “Arbalet-1” and “Arbalet-2” are in service with special and reconnaissance units of the Airborne Forces.