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Automatic oxygen mask unveiled for high-altitude jumps

OXYJUMP NG. Photo: Raytheon Technologies.

Collins Aerospace has announced a new oxygen supply system which automatically adjusts oxygen levels for military parachutists during extended high-altitude operations.

Collins Aerospace has announced a new oxygen supply system which automatically adjusts oxygen levels for military parachutists during extended high-altitude operations.

The new Oxygen NG for special operations missions enables longer glide duration on higher altitude jumps, maximising oxygen use and reducing system weight, according to a Raytheon Technologies statement released on 9 May.

Brad Haselhorst, Collins Aerospace military, safety, and cargo systems general manager and vice-president, said the new oxygen pulse technology automatically adjusts oxygen levels to enable longer mission profiles and includes an ergonomically designed mask.

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“The OXYJUMP NG system gives allied armed forces the stealth, readiness, and safety necessary to complete the most complex jumps on earth,” he said.

“The system not only keeps up with the evolving nature of combat jumps, but it’s ready for use today.”

The system is designed for comfort and ease of use, giving users peace of mind and keeping them focused on their most critical tasks, he said.

The system will be on display at the Special Operations Forces Week expo held at Tampa Convention Center in Florida, USA until 11 May.

Military parachutists can perform a high-altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump by opening the parachute within several seconds of exiting the aircraft and gliding for an extended period of time towards a target location.

A high-altitude, low opening (HALO) jump is also possible by free falling from high altitude and opening the parachute significantly closer to the ground (below 4,000 feet).

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