Hung-Up Parachutist Release Assembly (HUPRA)
Should a parachutist or his equipment become entangled in the parachute static line (also called retaining strop) outside the aircraft, the HUPRA release assembly can be deployed rapidly to free the parachutist, enabling his descent and preventing injury to the parachutist and damage to the aircraft. The HDT Airborne HUPRA is the sole solution engineered to release an ensnared parachutist without the need to use the aircraft mechanical winch for recovery.
A Recovery System
The HUPRA consists of a second parachute that can be attached to the aircraft anchorage cable via the cable assembly and snap-lock connector and enable the release of the fouled line. The recovery parachute is a highly-engineered, critical emergency parachute. This Aeroconical™ Type 5000, which is also used on ejection seat systems, has a canopy diameter of 21.3 ft (6.5m). The assembly is comprised of a 10 ft (3 m) extension strop, a snap-lock connector assembly and a 3.58 m (11 ft 9 in) steel wire cable sub-assembly.
Critical Emergency Equipment
- Carry the assembly in a quick opening, distinctive red nylon carrying bag easily accessible to aircrew.
- Attach and operate the HUPRA by a single dispatcher.
- Use in large and small military aircraft.