Early this month, the Naval Forces West executed a successful paradrop
(previous ones landed either on the water or broke into pieces when they hit the deck of the BRP Sierra Madre).
The aircraft can hold up to 40 personnel with seats, or more on the floor for paradrops
What happened was we had to bring the materials in by paradrop
, the U.
There Nicaraguan contras and other recruits from Latin America were trained in resupply missions, night landings, precision paradrops
and similar maneuvers.
However, the high risk of operating expensive fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft at forward sites is obliging defence staffs to consider expanding the use of GPS-guided paradrops
and cargo drones (as discussed in Armada 6/2007).
It may be noted that Field Aviation of Toronto has recently developed a 127 x 152-cm cargo door for the Bombardier Dash 8, with an airflow deflector to facilitate paradrops.
European developments in the guided paradrop field include the EADS Defence Electronics SLG-Sys or Parafinder/Paralander.