A new type of parachute that allows a parachutist to jump to the ground with an assistance dog will be deployed to the Russian armed forces next year, its manufacturer has revealed.
In a statement sent to the TASS news agency on Thursday, the Russian company Technodinamika Holding explained that the tests should be completed by the end of 2021.
“Deliveries of the hanging dog system to the Russian Defense Ministry will begin in 2022 after acceptance of the product for the supply” said the holding. Technodinamika is owned by Rostec, a state conglomerate that invests in the defense industry.
The system is designed to allow a dog to jump from a height of up to 4000 meters, alongside a simple parachutist or a parachutist with a special dog handler.
In July of this year, Technodinamika released images of the system under test. At the time, chief designer Aleksey Kozin revealed that the parachute would allow search and rescue operations in areas inaccessible to an airplane or helicopter. He also said the dogs responded well to the jump and remained calm during and after.
Kozin also announced that his company plans to create oxygen equipment for dogs in the near future. This would allow parachute jumps to an altitude above 4000 meters.
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