43rd Airborne Battalion in helicopter rappel exercise

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Soldiers of the 43rd Airborne Battalion, based in Chrudim, participated last week in a routine helicopter combat rappel training exercise.

Rappelling is used in situations requiring rapid deployment of personnel or cargo into terrain where a helicopter is prevented from landing.

"Any effective rappel must be a surprising and swift assault on the enemy. A well trained paratrooper cannot fail in their rappel as it can result in fatal consequences," explained Warrant Officer Viktor Kuban, a senior airborne instructor of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade. With the helicopter in the dangerous hovering position, it is vitally important for the trainee to hook up correctly to the rope and follow the commands of the instructor aboard the aircraft while maintaining communication at all times.

This rappel exercise was organised from a descent of 30 metres. When the soldier reaches the ground, he releases from the rope and, in a combat situation, runs into place to create a defence circle to protect other rappelling colleagues.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

March 14, 2016