Chariots of the Pods; Harrier Carriers Could Fly SAS into War Zones

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Chariots of the Pods; Harrier Carriers Could Fly SAS into War Zones


SAS troops of the future could be flown deep behind enemy lines in air-conditioned pods slung below aircraft, it was revealed yesterday.

The high-tech containers will have a hinged nose for access and will be equipped with radio communications and medical equipment.

Parachutes will ensure that the devices could be jettisoned safely in case of attack.

Designed by British aviation innovators Avpro Ltd, they will effectively act as 'trailers' which will serve to increase the carrying capacity of mil- itary aircraft.

The pods are designed to be carried by highly-manoeuvrable Harrier jump jets, which can take off and land vertically and are far faster and have a longer range than helicopter gunships. It would mean that military personnel could be landed or rescued from behind enemy lines far more rapidly and therefore more safely than at present.

The pods could also be adapted to be attached to the undercarriage of helicopters. In this way, they would increase the response options of defence chiefs facing a variety of military possibilities. …

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