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    It's raining Humvees! (or, how NOT to airdrop...)

    US Army training exercise in Germany, involving airdrops, goes slightly wrong for 3 poor Humvees. Fatally wrong...


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    Supposedly the largest/heaviest airdrop of 173rd Airborne in the last 15 years btw. 150 bundles dropped. Part of Saber Junction 16.


    For last year's drop exercise (part of Swift Response 15) they dropped 1600 soldiers (650 US, 800 GE/NL, 150 PL) instead, that time with 33 US soldiers injured. 173rd and 82nd.


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    Did those guys have a radio? A suggestion to halt the drop may have been helpful?

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    Didn't the soviets train to drop their BMDs fully crewed?! Or was that just an idea?

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    See this post and the following discussion there from nine years ago.

    There were only two drops with BMD-1 including crew on the standard P-7 airdrop platform; one with two men inside, the other with the crew in a special cushioned container next to it.

    Since then all crewed drops don't use the airdrop platform anymore, but instead the PBS-915/916/950/950U system with:
    - chutes that are directly hooked up to the vehicle
    - retrorockets for losing speed (PBS-915/916)
    - a gas-inflated impact cushion (PBS-950)
    - a suspension that
    - specially designed seats which can be tilted so you lay on your back (originally only available for driver and gunner).

    Chutes slow to 16-23 m/s first, retrorockets slow to an immediate pre-impact velocity of 3.5-5.5 m/s. The bonus thing about the overall design - aside from being able to use the vehicle straight-away after disconnecting the chutes - being that (for BMD-3 and -3M/4) the vehicle doesn't need to be prepped on the tarmac but can drive there completely rigged-and-drop-ready from its base.

    The Soviets and Russians continued to use the P-7 platform with the BMD series as well btw. There have only been about 250-300 drops with crewed BMDs in the last 40 years, probably only somewhere around a platoon of troops at any given time in the entire Soviet Army who've done that and likely only a handful of soldiers who've done it twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    The Soviets and Russians continued to use the P-7 platform with the BMD series as well btw. There have only been about 250-300 drops with crewed BMDs in the last 40 years, probably only somewhere around a platoon of troops at any given time in the entire Soviet Army who've done that and likely only a handful of soldiers who've done it twice.
    Seriously, those guys deserve a special medal...

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