Special Forces may fly into battle in Gryphon flightsuits

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Special Forces may fly into battle in Gryphon flightsuits

Forget parachutes, the latest technology is the Gryphon Flightsuit, allowing the soldier to travel up to 60 miles, silently and undetected. However at around $190,000 each, they won't want to abandon them after one flight, and the images don't look very aerodynamic.

Yves Rossy, aka “Jet man” and “Fusion Man,” has grabbed headlines with his jet-powered flights with an 8-foot wing strapped to his back. But he could be joined sometime soon by commandos on an airborne assault.

The Special Parachute and Logistics Consortium produces a variety of parachute systems, helmets, oxygen supplies and other gear and services. But their most eye-catching project is the Gryphon Next Generation Parachute System.

This is described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems for use in “high-altitude, high-opening” jump missions, typically carried out by Special Forces.

This 6-foot wing gives a glide ratio of 5:1, which means that a drop from 30,000 feet will allow you to glide about 30 miles. The makers estimate that this would take around 15 minutes, giving an average speed of about 60 miles an hour.

All equipment is hidden in a lifting body optimized for stealth, the radar-signature is extremely low. Detection of incoming Gryphon soldiers by airborne or ground radar will be extremely difficult.

Gryphon has a guidance system and heads-up display navigation. Best of all, the company are looking at an option for bolting on small engines similar to those used in Yves Rossy’s setup. These will increase the range to more than 60 miles, but will also make it possible to cover long distances from low altitude so that the entire mission can be more stealthy.

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By netchicken: posted on 4-12-2009








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