Max body weight for Para's?

#1
Could anybody out there tell me the current maximum body weight for Para's? I'm a little out of date, last time I looked you where jumping Irvines, but I believe they all went up in smoke some time ago, and you've got nice shiny new rigs now.
Any details much appreciated.
 
#2
I take it thats all up jump weight?

350 pounds all up, but it always goes over
Thats 1x body, LLP, res, PLP, kit, weapon.

Hope that helps
Let me know if you need anymore :wink:
 
#3
ladyboy said:
I take it thats all up jump weight?

350 pounds all up, but it always goes over
Thats 1x body, LLP, res, PLP, kit, weapon.

Hope that helps
Let me know if you need anymore :wink:
Cheers Ladyboy,

I dont suppose you know if that is an increase on the old Irvine? I may be talking out of my arse, but for some reason I seem to recall that the all-up weight for body, kit & weapon, was 250lb, and that personal weight wasnt allowed to excede 175lb (12.5 st) allowing for 75lb of kit, excluding canopies, which were then factored in seperately.

Thanks again
 
#4
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
 
#5
you should be alright whatever. Like the man said it's 350lbs thats the weight the chute can take. If your over 14.5 stone i think they might have to keep tabs on you but you'll be ok. Blokes at least fifteen stone when i was down at brize
 
#6
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Well, I cant fault that well reasoned argument. Your colouring book and crayons are in the post. :roll:
 
#7
Topper said:
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Well, I cant fault that well reasoned argument. Your colouring book and crayons are in the post. :roll:
Only jokin mate, was that a bit of a bite. Got some good mates in 1, 3 and 7 RHA, don't take it personally
 
#8
stew said:
you should be alright whatever. Like the man said it's 350lbs thats the weight the chute can take. If your over 14.5 stone i think they might have to keep tabs on you but you'll be ok. Blokes at least fifteen stone when i was down at brize
Yeh, I'll be fine, despite my advancing years, I'm still a sylph like 154lb. I was just curious. :wink:
 
#9
eye_spy said:
Topper said:
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Well, I cant fault that well reasoned argument. Your colouring book and crayons are in the post. :roll:
Only jokin mate, was that a bit of a bite. Got some good mates in 1, 3 and 7 RHA, don't take it personally
Well, just a little nibble perhaps! :oops: :lol:
 
#10
Topper said:
eye_spy said:
Topper said:
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Well, I cant fault that well reasoned argument. Your colouring book and crayons are in the post. :roll:
Only jokin mate, was that a bit of a bite. Got some good mates in 1, 3 and 7 RHA, don't take it personally
Well, just a little nibble perhaps! :oops: :lol:
No harm done mate
 
#11
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Airborne warfare probably IS a thing of the ( Glorious ) past - particularly when you consider how widespread the SAM-7, STINGER etc are. A hercload of some of the worlds best trained and most effective soldiers is an easy target for some illiterate with five minutes training - pull, point, wait for the growl, squeeze and watch the Infidels die.

Airmobile, however.. Oh yes. Oh yes. 3-D, 6400 mil battlespace, JTIDS etc.
 
#12
HarrySmith95th said:
eye_spy said:
who cares, airborne warfare is a thing of the past
Airborne warfare probably IS a thing of the ( Glorious ) past - particularly when you consider how widespread the SAM-7, STINGER etc are. A hercload of some of the worlds best trained and most effective soldiers is an easy target for some illiterate with five minutes training - pull, point, wait for the growl, squeeze and watch the Infidels die.

Airmobile, however.. Oh yes. Oh yes. 3-D, 6400 mil battlespace, JTIDS etc.
Granted, Airborne training however, does select and produce troops with that little something extra. When you need to go that bit further, faster and do a tricky job with limited resources, well you know what I'm saying... :)
 
#14
dogmonkey said:
DO NOT GO THERE.

The pis sing contest has been done too many times before. Anybody wants to take this up, head on down to the NAAFI.

DM

Inf Mod
Thats me off to bed early, with no dinner! I'll get my Care-bears parka.....
:roll:
 
#15
Topper said:
Thats me off to bed early, with no dinner! I'll get my Care-bears parka.....
:roll:
..oh all right, you can come back down stairs again.

'twas just a word of warning to potentially churlish posters who may have kicked off yet another them and us argument, which for anyone who's been around the board for a while is boring.
 
#16
Like the man said it's 350lbs thats the weight the chute can take
No, the chute can take twice that weight as two guys with kit can come down on one canopy if entangled. the weight limit is due to peace time H&S Regs on the cable in the Aircraft, that the strop is hooked onto. All go `s out of the window normally as has on most occasions, like when the greenys, extra batts or extra belt of 200 get deployed around the blokes after you have packed your CESP
As you would know the small guy get the must go loads. base plate, sigs "Milan" (at times)

As for the SAM7 ect, All very true but hopefully the well practised measures that have been rehearsed time and time again over the years would help to prevent that. however what ever type on air insertion you use there would be that danger of such attacks. just look at the Iraqi version of farmer piles with his bolt action 303 who took out an Apache. :lol:

this was a good explanation on what happens during a drop, a drop would consist of 50% more men that what you would need for the task.

A well known Infantry unit was given the task of defending an Airfield on the west coast of Scotland from Air Assault. The assault would come in within the next 10 days and full Battle Group weapons and AA cover was available. What could be easier, and surely they were going to shoot the s*** out of the "Paras" when they turned up in their slow lumbering aircraft. The Assault came in on the evening of day seven just before last light when the novelty for the dug in troops on the cold windswept airfield had vanished days previously. At H-5 just as the Air Assault force covered by escort fighters popped up to dropping height having been flying accross the sea below Radar the entire Air Defences were taken out by the Airborne Advanced Force and SF which had dropped some 20 miles away 5 days previously and had "eyes on" since then. At the same time the Airfield came under attack by a mix of FGA Aircraft with the Advance Ground Force "Painting" the dug in company positions with Laser Target Markers and assaulting key positions themselves. Bats sims were let off and the defending forces had to take cover as a result. At that moment 28 Hercs unloaded over the Airfield and within minutes 1000 plus guys are on top of the defending force which could barely raise their heads out of the trenches due to the amount of crap coming down on them and that was the end of it. Runway cleared of IED,s and obstacles and within 20 minutes the "Follow up" Force flew in. Now only an exercise, but in the words of the defending CO at the debrief "I just didnt expect that". But thats what we Brits are good at. Thinking "Outside the Box".
 

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#17
ladyboy said:
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As you would know the small guy get the must go loads. base plate, sigs "Milan" (at times)

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I heard a crab say about this: "That's ok, when you're on the ground the weight just gets redistributed amongst the blokes."

8O :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :) :( :cry: :cry: :cry:
 
#19
ANyone tell me if there is any truth in the "return of the balloon" rumour kicking about? Ive heard the skyvans become too expensive and impracticale to run.
 

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#20
Maybe if the Nepalese want to sell it back !
 

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