What types of troop parachutes does the US Army use?

A trooper using an MC-4 Ram parachute. Photo Credit: ilsc.natick.army.mil

The United States Army has many different parachute models at its disposal to properly accommodate for the conditions of a mission. Parachute technology has been developed to ensure consistency and safety as it is heavily relied upon for mission success and the welfare of personnel. The following will highlight a few of the parachutes used by the US Army.

The MC-4 Ram parachute is versatile and delivers personnel accurately and efficiently. It allows a trooper to glide relatively undetected from high altitudes, reducing the vulnerability of the aircraft to on-ground enemy forces. The trooper can also control his or her descent to establish a different landing point if necessary.

An MC-1 model was formerly used in vertical attacks on an enemy. However, the MC-6 parachute has replaced the MC-1 system. The former provides a slower rate of descent than the latter as well greater maneuverability and gliding capabilities. A comparison of the two parachute series can be found here.

The T-10 parachute is another older model that was used by the US Army for over 50 years in vertical assault scenarios. The T-11 has recently replaced the T-10 as the next non-steerable parachute system. The primary reasons for this change include a decrease in risk of injury, an ability to carry heavier loads and a slower rate of descent. The T-11 reserve parachute also has comparable capabilities.

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