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    The Federal State Unitary Enterprise “NII Parachutostroeniya” is testing the D-12 parachute system
    Russian Aviaton » Thursday October 4, 2012 09:44 MSK

    The honored paratrooper, Vladimir Nesterov, who has already performed over 12000 jumps, will test the innovative D-12 parachute system. The new parachute intended for training and combat jumps with all the standard weapons and munition was developed in cooperation with Aviation Equipment concern (forming part of Russian Technologies State Corporation), the holding’s press-service reports.

    The D-12 assault parachute system in intended for training and combat jumps from Il-76, Il-76M, Il-76MD jets and Mi-8 helicopters. It has a wide range of adjustments and it is made of light and durable materials, which allow increasing the payload, the company explained.

    «D-12 is the next-generation parachute system, - CEO of “NII Parachutostroeniya”, Sergey Astakhov, stated. – The D-12’s total fly weight is 160 kg. It ensures reliable operation at the altitudes from 150 to 4000 m and comfort landing at average speed of above 4,5 m/s. The main parachute provides the average horizontal velocity of 4,5 m/s back and forth as well as 180 degrees turn in any direction during less than 15 seconds. The harness has a wide range of adjustments. The developed parachute system is a truly innovative product, which leaves behind its foreign rivals by many parameters».

    CEO of “NII Parachutostroeniya”, Sergey Astakhov, coordinator of D-12 project, Professor Vladimir Aparinov, command of air assault forces, scientists and designers of D-12 system will be present at the airfield during test jumps.

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