Rapid Aerial Extraction Pod

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In Thunderball 007 and his latests squeeze Domino were plucked from the ocean by an aircraft.

Skyhook or the Fulton STARS was a CIA project for clandestine recovery. First operational use was recovery of two agents who had parachuted to an abandoned Soviet drift station NP 8 in May 1962. This to obtain intelligence on Soviet Arctic research activities, including advanced research on acoustical systems to detect under-ice submarines and efforts to develop Arctic anti-submarine warfare techniques. After 72 hours a pick-up was made of Soviet equipment and both men. It was then used successfully from 1965 to 1996 on a wide variety of aircraft with only one fatality, in 96 the USAF SOC ceased use of the system.

A similar aerial retrieval system is now in the stages of development. In June 5, 2019 the Rapid Aerial Extraction System (RAES) was announced by Modern Technology Solutions, Inc in the US. It has advantages in reliability and safety, as well as being employable by virtually any aircraft with limited modifications and consists of just a stabilizer, winch, and tether package.

The plane deploys the stabilizer which then falls unwinding the tether line from the winch as it goes. A drogue chute deploys before the stabiliser hits the ground. The aircraft performs a series of maneuvers to create a spiraling loop in the line with a radius of approximately 2,400 feet. The person to be extracted straps themselves onto the stabiliser, which also includes a parachute. They then signal the plane orbiting above, which then flies away with the individual in tow. The individual then parachutes down once in a safe location. The system has potential for a rapid and covert means of precision insertion and extraction for special operations.

The system is designed to pull a pilot from between buildings or even trees, if necessary. Tests have been conducted with a 1,000-meter tether, dropped by a plane slowly circling over the pickup point. A RAND study, said downed pilots typically have to evade capture for two or more hours before rescue. That can be challenging if a pilot is injured or lands in an urban area, where hostile forces or civilians can quickly bear down on a crash site. With quicker extractions possible, the Air Force can plan missions with immediate rescues in mind.

In “Black Hawk Down.” the October 1993 standoff and rescue operation mounted after two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in Somalia 18 American personnel killed and more than 70 wounded, this system could potentially avoid such incidents. At the present time rescue of personnel is a large and costly business.
 
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The system is designed to pull a pilot from between buildings or even trees, if necessary. Tests have been conducted with a 1,000-meter tether, dropped by a plane slowly circling over the pickup point. A RAND study, said downed pilots typically have to evade capture for two or more hours before rescue. That can be challenging if a pilot is injured or lands in an urban area, where hostile forces or civilians can quickly bear down on a crash site. With quicker extractions possible, the Air Force can plan missions with immediate rescues in mind.

In “Black Hawk Down.” the October 1993 standoff and rescue operation mounted after two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in Somalia 18 American personnel killed and more than 70 wounded, this system could potentially avoid such incidents. At the present time rescue of personnel is a large and costly business.]
This kit isn't the be all and end all.

The pilots in Somalia were f*cked up by the landing. They weren't going to be getting out like this.

I don't see how urban or heavy foliage extractions aren't going just tether the rescue aircraft to the ground via a meat, and bloody, anchor...
 
#3
Interesting concept, i'll pass for now

In regard to Op Gothic Serpent the wounded would have been unable to evacuate themselves.
 
#8
So, One of your planes has been shot down - suggesting a probable SAM or air-air threat

Another pilot has to now turn lazy circles at 1000 feet for 5 plus minutes over the scene.

What could possibly go wrong?

Any other bright ideas? Clown shoes for minefield extraction perhaps? Solar powered night vision gear?
 
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Isn’t meant to be. Just another low cost, rapid deployment possible solution.
Consisting of an aircraft flying round and round a downed aircraft?

Interesting second vid. Us version of mert?
 
#13
IIRC from Mark Bowden's book, during Gothic Serpent helicopters had an increased ground fire risk as the locals had altered their RPG 7 venturi by adding a bent tube, so they could shoot at a higher angle into the air without singing their calves
 
#14
You can't just hang about!
 
#15
And the Skyhook again (historic footage):
 
#16
Came back for a further feeble pop? As a stand up you fail miserably.
He got a valid point, would you like to be the pilot orbiting low and slow knowing the same bloke who shot your colleagues down has now got another target lingering overhead.
We tend not to do the suicide mission thing much in the west
 
#17
He got a valid point, would you like to be the pilot orbiting low and slow knowing the same bloke who shot your colleagues down has now got another target lingering overhead.
We tend not to do the suicide mission thing much in the west
The circumstances dictate rescue efforts in any mission so no Brownie points for either that pop...or your observation

What we certainly do do in the West is to spare no efforts to get our guys back, with, minimal casualties.

If it can be done immediately cheaply and on the spot, with equipment that any front line squadron can be equipped with, and possibly deploy during the mission, then it would be stupid to discount, ignore, poo poo, or to trash talk the possibility of its use. Labrat’s minimal/infantile mind seems to wish to do just that. Stupid.
[QUOTE="labrat, post: 9388483, member: 6022"
Any other bright ideas? Clown shoes for minefield extraction perhaps? Solar powered night vision gear?[/QUOTE]
 
#18
Someone like you?

A dripping misery who has no ideas of their own but will happily piss over other’s efforts to provide a solution to a problem
No, just someone with enough of a brain to remember that this is just one in a long line of weird and whacky inventions to be feted as ‘the answer’ to downed pilots... each one more impractical and Ill thought out than the last:



Nor daft enough to think that losing another five aircraft and getting 11 men killed in order to rescue one is in any way a good idea

Rescue of Bat 21 Bravo - Wikipedia
 
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