Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Royal Air Force 3 Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) with the Helicopter and Training team test new fast roping/rappelling gear...

3 Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) photographers, along with the Helicopter and Training team, were recently invited to capture video and still images of a complex trial series involving two different aircraft types from two different services, operating out of two different units, testing two different pieces of equipment.

Firstly we travelled to RAF Odiham in Hampshire where a newly fitted ladder system was being trialled, with military personnel making the climb up to The Boeing Company Chinook aircraft. After that, new version fast ropes were then deployed by the crewmen who were assessing the operational capabilities of both dry and wet ropes, interoperability with current equipments and confirming utility by the JADTEU supporting troops.

Next it was a similar trial, though this time the trials were being conducted by a Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopter. The helicopter used RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire as the testing site for its part of the trial with crewmen again assessing capabilities of various lengths of rope with both dry and then submerged ropes to replicate operating them in wet conditions.

Trials such as this are vital for the operational effectiveness of the Chinook, Merlin and wider Ministry of Defence with the results being used to ensure the employment of ropes and ladders on operations and exercises is done as efficiently, effectively and as safely as possible. Working alongside Joint Helicopter Command, Fleet Air Arm, RAF Brize Norton and RAF Odiham, JADTEU has again supported an increase in Defence Capability.

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