Russia paratroopers have carried out a test of new parachute equipment with what the defense ministry says was jump from a record-breaking altitude in Arctic conditions.
The airborne troops jumped from an altitude of 10,000 meters on the Francis Joseph’s Land archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
“For the first time in world history, we conducted a group landing of personnel with special parachute systems in arctic conditions from a height of 10,000 meters using oxygen equipment followed by combat training,” deputy defense minister Yanus-Bek Yevkurov commented.
What makes such a jump challenging is the fact that there is not enough oxygen at such an altitude, combined with temperatures of up to 60 degrees below zero.
The defense ministry said the high-altitude landing was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II and the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Airborne Troops.