posted on Dec, 16 2004 @ 07:00 PM
Originally posted by Nygdan
are these teams not subject to sniper and ground fire while they are parachuting in? Didn't we have some trouble in WW2 with this?
Yes, but the airborne paratroopers were still abel to deploy behind enemy lines and the military was able to attack the enemy on two fronts
My computer probably wont handle the video, so I haven't bothered, but I'm assuming we're not talking about your typical big round parachutes being
used for an urban drop. More likely they would use the rectangular ones which can be steered to a certain degree.
Also consider the smaller number of men jumping (as opposed to a company of paratroopers) which reduces the reaction time for defenders, visibility of
the jumping Marines, and chance of getting lucky enough to hit them.
Do they actually teach paratroopers manuvers they can do while in the air falling that help you avoid being hit by ground and sniper
I think not. They don't have much control over where they can land, let alone avoid enemy fire. The parachutes are moderately manuverable, from
what I understand, but not particularly. Interestingly, parachuting seems to be replaced by air assault, where troopers deploy from ropes out of
I'm a big fan of air assault over parachuting on an open battlefield against conventional military forces. It can be launched from anywhere, can take
a lower approach route, can get a look at the LZ before dropping you, gets you to the right place almost every time, and brings you down in the same
place as the rest of your unit. I was very disappointed when the Commanche was scrapped because I had been very anxious to later see a
stealth-designed transport helicopter for use in air assault.
The problem you encounter in an urban environment is that while low-flying helicopters will avoid radar and SAMs, they tend to stir up RPG-wielding
guerillas very easily. For dropping my recon into a city ahead of a ground column I would favor the use of parachutes.
At the risk of sounding a little nuts, I think that if you really want your recon to get in quick, controlled and unnoticed that gliders might not be
a bad investment- the drawback is that you need space with one of those things- you couldn't bring 30 men down in a small space using gliders.