New ‘Leaf’ For Russian Paratroopers

  • 12:00 AM, January 27, 2012
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Russian paratroopers will begin receiving highly maneuverable D-12 parachute system called ‘Leaf’, with an increased load capacity in 2013, a spokesperson for the Airborne Troops said on Monday, Russian media reported. The D-12 is designed for performing jumps from military transport aircrafts and helicopters with a full set of military gear weighing up to 160 kilograms. The improved chutes will allow paratroopers to perform 180-degree turns, descend up or against the wind and perform horizontal gliding. The new system is built to give the soldiers more flexibility during descent and landing. And, both reserve and main parachutes are placed in one pack on the back, while the while a cargo container and personal weapons are placed in front. The new system will replace the D-10 model that has been in service with the Airborne Troops since 2005.