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Here’s how a large rigid inflatable boat is airdropped by U.S. Air Force MC-130J Special Ops aircraft

Boat delivery Air Force Special Operations Command-way.

The picture in this post shows an MC-130J Commando II belonging to the 9th Special Operations Squadron airdropping a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System over the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 12, 2015.

MCADS enable special operations forces members to rapidly deploy anywhere around the world in a maritime environment: anti-pirate ops, beach assault, forces infil and exfil missions may require the use of airdropped vessels.

Produced by Airborne Systems, the MCADS is the only system capable of delivering large RIBs by parachute-dropping them into the water. It is made of the PRIBAD and PURIBAD airdrop platforms, attached to an extractor parachute used to pull the load from the aircraft cargo bay.

The boat and platform separate immediately after leaving the aircraft and both descend to the water under their own parachutes. The Special Forces parachute from the aircraft following the load, and land near the ready-for-use boat in the water.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force


This is what happens when C-17s airlifters release flares during night formation flying

U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III tactical airlifters pyrotechnic show

Filmed near Anchorage as part of Large Package Week, formerly known as Jump Week the video shows U.S. C-17 cargo planes during a night airdrop mission.

Noteworthy, the airplanes released the Globemasters released flares, high-temperature heat sources used to mislead surface-to-air or air-to-air missile’s heat-seeking targeting systems, creating the pyrotechnic visual effect you can see behind each plane.

Such countermeasures are against MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) and IR guided surface-to-air missiles.

C-17s have been involved in night airdrop missions over Iraq.

H/T Matt Fanning for sending the link over


This video taken 26 years ago today shows why low level airdrop can be extremely dangerous

Airdrops from military cargo planes are not always performed at high altitude, as the one showed in the spectacular video posted a few days ago.

LAPES (Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System) enables cargo aircraft to quickly deploy large cargo without the need to land and take off, which would expose the plane to enemy fire. The technique is also used to deliver those heavy loads that could not be delivered from high altitude with a direct parachute descent.

However, since LAPS involves a drop sequence at low altitude it implies a heightened risk as there is little margin for pilot error.

As the following video shows.

It was taken on Jul. 1, 1987, 26 years today, when a U.S. C-130E crashed while performing a LAPES demo at the Sicily Drop Zone, on Ft. Bragg during a Capabilities exercise (CAPEX).

Pilot pulled up too late and after deploying M551 Sheridan tank, hit treeline, burned, killing three on board, one soldier on the ground, and injuring two crew.

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Awesome video: airdrop from the pallet (being airdropped) point of view

That’s a really interesting video.

French Air Drop

It shows a pallet being air dropped from a French Air Force C-160 Transal over Mali.

Have you ever seen an airdrop from the pallet’s point of view?

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Night vision footage of U.S. Air Force C-17 dropping U.S. Army personnel onto a Drop Zone

U.S. Air Force C-17s dropping U.S. Army personnel from Fort Bragg, NC at Holland Drop Zone, Fort Bragg Pope Airfield, N.C. in support of Joint Operations Access Exercise JOAX 12-01.

Take off, landing, unloading of vehicles, and airdrops through the green images of the Night Vision Goggles.