Magazine article National Defense

Lightening the Load Giving the Sniffer Dogs Some Needed Help

Magazine article National Defense

Lightening the Load Giving the Sniffer Dogs Some Needed Help

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The Soldier Systems Center, at Natick, Mass., has unveiled a micro rappel system, so soldiers will no longer have to tote around loads of rope over their shoulders with extra harnesses.

Instead, a soldier fastens a nylon belt into a seat. Attached to the belt is a nylon container about the size of an ammunition pouch that holds a descender, carabiner and 80 feet of 5mm rope made with Kevlar in the center, surrounded by a nylon shell. The rope also can be sheathed by fabric for high-abrasion surfaces like brick. However, the results of tests conducted by soldiers in Alaska, at the Ranger Training Center in Georgia and the Mountain Warfare School in Vermont may lead to the removal of the abrasion sheath from the system.

Users have the option of letting the rope slip through the eyelet at the top of the bag or unzipping the top and dropping the entire length of the rope. All together the system weighs less than 3 pounds. …

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